Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Instruction Volume 2

Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Instruction Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...of our own thoughts, but also in our apprehension of the thoughts, and our interpretation of the words, of others. The art of reading, therefore, is virtually embraced in grammar; for it is but the art of understanding and speaking correctly that which we have before us on paper. Such is the peculiar power of language, that there is scarcely any subject so trifling, that it may not be plausibly magnified into something great; nor are there many things which cannot be ingeniously disparaged till they shall seem contemptible. Cicero goes further: " Nihil est tarn incredibile quod non dicendo fiat probabile--there is nothing so incredible that it may not, from the manner of telling it, become probable." The study of grammar has been often overrated, and still oftener injuriously decried. I shall neither join with those who would lessen in the public esteem that general system of doctrines, which has been taught as grammar from time immemorial; nor attempt, either by magnifying its practical results, or by decking it out with my own imaginings, to invest it with any artificial or extraneous importance. I shall not follow the footsteps of Neef, who tells you that " Grammar and incongruity are identical things," and scornfully rejects as nonsense every thing that has been taught under that name; because I am convinced that, of all methods of teaching, none goes further than his, to prove the assertion true. Nor shall I imitate the declamation of Car dell; who, in the second page of his Essay, recommends the general study of language on earth, from the consideration that " the faculty of speech is the medium of social bliss for superior intelligences in an eternal world; " and who, when he has exhausted censure in...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632397
  • 9781236632395