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  1. Frank Antonson

    Teaching Punctuation and Vocabulary

    I have put on my Youtube Channel two series of free videos. The first is a somewhat whimsical way of teaching almost the entire English punctuation system. I have, however, mixed in with it some German and also some alternative spelling for pronunciation. These videos can be found on my...
  2. Frank Antonson

    Spelling System for Dialect

    I am starting this as a new thread since Shahir of the other thread seems to have disappeared. Does anybody know of an easily usable phonetic spelling system that does not use diacritical markings, by which I mean symbols other than letters and punctuation marks that are on a normal English...
  3. Frank Antonson

    View requested diagrams on Youtube

    On different occasions I have been asked on this forum to supply a Reed-Kellogg diagram for some sentence. I am always glad to do that, but there is no very convenient way that I know of to diagram while using a keyboard. The Reed-Kellogg diagramming system works beautifully and easily on a...
  4. Frank Antonson

    Linguistics for teenagers

    In the process of teaching a course online, I am trying to introduce the subject of linguistics in such a way that 14-year-olds can relate to it. This I am doing to better prepare them for the study foreign languages. I would LOVE to get some feedback on what I am doing. It is entirely...
  5. Frank Antonson

    German for English teachers

    Things seem to be a little slow at present on this part of the forum, so I thought that I would float an idea. At its most outrageous the idea is that ALL teachers of English grammar or literature should HAVE to study German. That thought has seriously occurred to me. Because of a German...
  6. Frank Antonson

    indirect vs without direct object

    I saw that a thread had been closed on this subject. It need not be reopened on my account, but a sample sentence was "I talked to him". That sentence seems to me to clearly have a prepositional phrase in it. The sentence " I told him." might serve as a better example. What I told him...
  7. Frank Antonson

    "...like you need a ride..."

    I was paying little attention to a movie that my wife was watching, but then I heard and noticed an example of what I think is called zeugma. A character was saying to a hitchhiker that she and her husband had picked up that "You look like...(and the viewers expected "our son"). But, instead...
  8. Frank Antonson

    Anglo-Saxon vs Latinate vocabulary

    I am about to try to show my students what a huge difference there is between the Anglo-Saxon words and the French words in English. Do any of you know of a good example of a "parallel text" using the two vocabularies? I believe that Sir Walter Scott did something with this. I also believe...
  9. Frank Antonson

    Diagramming a story

    Can a story be diagrammed in the way a sentence can be diagrammed? Has anyone on this site ever seen attempts to do so?
  10. Frank Antonson

    Is loss of meter in poetry "decay"?

    This may be just a little premature, but I am going to have my students undertake to write a long, narrative poem in verse. I suspect that metered poetry is as effective now as it ever was, so WHY there has been such a move away from it over the last 150 years -- say, since Tennyson...
  11. Frank Antonson

    "Decay" in aspects of English grammar

    At some point I heard the gradual disappearance of the case endings from Old English to Modern English described as the "decay" of the cases, this coming after a time when, I believe, Proto-Indo-European had seven (or maybe eight cases). I believe that the same word could be applied to the...
  12. Frank Antonson

    Highlights from "The Games"

    I am referencing some other threads in which I called the teaching of morphology and syntax (together with Reed-Kellogg) diagramming "the games". This teaching took half my class time for about two and a half months and was done to "grammatical innocents". They basically knew nothing of...
  13. Frank Antonson

    Let the games resume

    Well, after a break, I will resume the teaching of morphology, syntax, and ultimately Reed-Kellogg. I am actually a little nervous. The students were SO excited before I took the break, and now the problem will be to restore that excitement without disappointing them. The prize for them is...
  14. Frank Antonson

    Let the games take a halftime break

    It has been quite a learning experience, this experiment in re-introducing Reed-Kellogg to my course. For a week or so, I think I will stop my teaching of it in order to let the dust settle.
  15. Frank Antonson

    You better would!

    I dreamed that I was in a restaurant and said to someone, "You better would." A Texan, judging by his hat, was leaving; and before the door completely closed, I heard him snicker to a companion about having heard "You better would." In my dream I was so angry that I shouted after him, "What's...
  16. Frank Antonson

    Let the games begin

    I notice that things are a little slow at the moment on this part of the forum. Well, the school year has begun for me, and this year I am intend to teach Reed-Kellogg for the first time in about 15 years. We will see whether or not I can "turn on" 14-year-olds to the art. Warning! If I...
  17. Frank Antonson

    the mystery of gender

    There has been an amazing discussion on this forum of morphemes in various languages. That discussion is continuing, and I hope it doesn't stop soon. I would love to see a similar discussion of the phenomenon of gender. WHY does it exist in so many languages? WHY did English move to thing...
  18. Frank Antonson

    lexicon for primitive technology

    Many years ago I was reading a book on the history of technology, and it struck my interest that certain words represented critical steps in technological development e.g. "hammer", "wedge", "lever", "sharp""edge", "pull", "push", "on three...one, two, three". Does anyone out there know if the...
  19. Frank Antonson

    Diagramming Poe 3

    It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of ANNABEL LEE; And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me.
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