Formal grammar? they already know it, so just show it

Sivaramakrishnan, Arvind (2020) Formal grammar? they already know it, so just show it. Language and Language Teaching, 9 (2). pp. 40-45. ISSN 2277-307X

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This paper discusses Wittgenstein's approach to teaching grammar to children who spoke provincial German dialect that mixed up dative and accusative cases while these are differentiated in High German. Wittgenstein showed his pupils this difference by presenting various sentences solely in the dialect form without making any reference to High German or suggesting that the dialect is an inferior form of German. He starts with the provincial form that children know and instead of moving on to teach High German, he stays where children are by demonstrating differences in specific usage in the children's own form of the language. The implications of this approach for cognitive development of children and for teacher preparation is brought out.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Sivaramakrishnan, Arvind
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Grammar Teaching, Teacher training, Dialect, Wittgenstein's approach
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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