Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 09:42:24 -0800
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: New Book: Grammar in Many Voices, Marilyn Silva
Here's a tip from a totally disinterested party (ha! say all of you who just
read my last message!).
NTC (National Textbook Company) has just published a new undergraduate grammar
book, Grammar in Many Voices, which is intended most specifically for English
Departments and other non-specialist grammar courses (though linguists will
certainly enjoy it as well, if grammar is their thing).
It's a surface grammar approach, a self-contained 10 week course in critical
thinking, which teaches people to DO grammar rather than just teaching them
about grammar. Copious example sentences are drawn from a veritable rainbow
of ethnic authors all writing in Standard English (an absolute minimum of
Oh-see-if-you-can-say made-up sentences). It's tough, no doubt, but excellent
(I've taught the course myself from prepublication drafts), and many students
who say that they never 'got' what grammar was about finally 'get' it.
Authors sentences are drawn from include Anne Rice (timing is everything!),
James Baldwin, Jacob Bronowski, Bill Cosby, Louise Erdrich, Robert Fulghum,
Linda Hogan, Martin Luther King Jr, Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, Richard Nixon,
Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Rodriguez, Oliver Sacks, Dr. Seuss, Bram Stoker,
Amy Tan, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alice Walker -- well, you get the picture.
I'll be glad to pass on any questions or comments you might have.
-- Moonhawk (%- )
"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and
the eyes in his head see the world spinning round"