Date: Thu, 3 Mar 1994 12:58:40 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: A Noun Is a Word After a Determiner
Some thoughts on Dennis Baron's grammar teacher ethics problem (note the
prenominal nominal modifiers):
1. What a great final examination question for my English grammar class!
2. The teacher forgot *idea* in her box arrangement.
3. Wait until the teacher tries to sort out *action word* from *thing*
with another set of boxes.
4. Is the child a vegetarian? Where do vegetables fit in?
5. Someone probably also needs to tell the teacher that *present tense*
does not necessarily mean 'present time.'
6. Why does grammatical instruction always seem to be the province of
simple-minded, dogmatic fools?
7. The teacher needs to take a modern grammar course, plain and simple.
New requirements for teacher education in Georgia now require students to
study dialects, registers, morphology, etc.--modern scholarship on English.
We have too often sent out teachers armed with nothing but 18th- and
19th-century methods and ideas. I would hate to get psychotherapy from
someone who knew nothing past Freud or have a bridge built by someone who
stopped studying structural mechanics 100 years ago. But my purely
literary colleagues think that 18th- and 19th-century grammatical terms and
methods are sufficient for teachers--but I notice that all of their doctors
are trained in modern medicine. However, the state ed dept. has had enough
sense to sense that something new was in the air. But alas! this teacher
was probably not a product of a secondary ed program anyway.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu