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    Default Re: Diagramming "let alone"

    Thanks,
    It's all quite interesting. One thing that appears certain is that we are working from different "authoritative texts". I think we would all refer to Reed-Kellogg, but the text that I use is "Descriptive English Grammar" Second Edition, by Harman and House 1931.
    I have yet to see a sentence that cannot be diagrammed using that text.
    If anyone is interested, I would be happy to email them a reduction of that text which my students wrote when I taught this material 15 years ago.
    What other authoritative texts are being used?
    Frank
    PS. Yes, this is quite fun to correspond with other "syntacticians".

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    Default Re: Diagramming "let alone"

    I can barely understand Reed-Kellogg LET ALONE X-bar theory!

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    Default Re: Diagramming "let alone"

    Perhaps you should let me send you my student's reduction of the book. It is made very simple -- and yet is complete.
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    Default Re: Diagramming "let alone"

    I just looked at x-bar theory and then saw that it referred to Chomsky's work.
    I have tried to understand Chomksy -- his idea is tantalizing, but I think the world-wide interest in his work is one of the reasons that Reed-Kellogg has tended to be abandoned.
    As I have mentioned (I think), my students and I are trying to make sentence diagramming a competitive sport. For that purpose Reed-Kellogg works -- perfectly, when the competition is with chalk and blackboards and not online.
    On Youtube there are ten videos now showing us exploring this possibility. A problem that I have is that I do not officially teach it any more; and, although the students LOVE to compete, they are not really very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Perhaps you should let me send you my student's reduction of the book. It is made very simple -- and yet is complete.
    Linguist Farmer
    Thanks, Linguist Farmer. But I already have a copy of House's book. He's the one who introduced me to diagramming. I know that teachers nowadays are told that diagramming is a waste of time. Sadly, the powers that be have abandoned it.

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    Default Re: Diagramming "let alone"

    We will change those "powers that be"'s minds!
    Glad to know you have that book.
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