The English Language and Its Grammar by Irene M. MeadThe English Language and Its Grammar by Irene M. Mead

The English Language and Its Grammar

byIrene M. Mead

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1896 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI. THE DIAGRAM. 450. Its Use and Abuse.--The use of the diagram in analysis has been so perverted that with many teachers it has fallen into disrepute. Its supporters have relied upon it so exclusively as a means of expression that they seem to have regarded it as "A device of genius to make genius unnecessary." A true system of analysis should foster, not stultify genius. A diagram is a strictly mechanical device, and should never usurp the function of the mind, or in any way hamper its action. It should be an aid to the teacher rather than to the pupil. After the intellectual power to discriminate and analyze has been acquired, the diagram has a certain modest value in enabling the teacher to test the knowledge of many pupils with a minimum of effort, or in enabling a student to display much knowledge in a minimum of time. In the hands of the teacher, it has also some value in furnishing concrete illustration of difficult relations; but as a daily practice, or as a method of mastering a lesson, it is pernicious in the extreme. It robs the pupil of the keen enjoyment which accompanies rapid perception, it keeps in undue prominence the symbols of thought, and prevents the drill in oral expression which should accompany the logical analysis of the sentence. Because, however, of the slight value which has been acknowledged, a few general characteristics of a good diagram will be pointed out, and a simple form presented. Any well-taught pupil who has mastered the intellectual difficulties of the sentence will have the ingenuity to make a diagram which will express his thoughts. 451. Principles Which Should Determine the Form of a Diagram.--The diagram should expound, not obscure the thought, therefore,--1. The scheme should be as simple as possible. ...
Title:The English Language and Its GrammarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217948952

ISBN - 13:9780217948951