dssweet at Okway.okstate.edu
Wed Oct 23 10:22:17 PDT 1996
>Sentence diagramming held on until the late 1950's or maybe even the
>60's in some places.
Well, *I* first did sentence diagramming in 1972. Of course, this was
out in western Oklahoma. That teacher was very good and, I think, we
spent a 9-week session on this. The next year my family moved and I
discovered that at this school they were only now starting to do
diagramming. For the next two years the teachers kind-of touched upon
sentence diagramming. I learned more about sentence diagramming that
first year than the next three combined.
>It is a sad commentary on our educational system that most people don't
>learn English grammar until they start learning another language.
I always felt that it was a complementary process. Learning one helped
reinforce the other. And in some foreign languages it's easier to see (&
hear) the differences, for example, in the case of a noun when the
ending changes or when the article changes to indicate what case it's
in. English just doesn't do that.
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