Techniques In Language Control
I. A. Richards * Christine Gibson
Newbury House Publishers, Inc / Rowley / Massachusetts
TABLE OF CONTENTS
This book is addressed to those speakers and writers of English who share an interest in making their communications with others through language clearer and more effective.
Language Control 12
Attention focused too sharply on the producing of a piece of writing in limited English can blur out the over-all question. What purpose do the techniques it is acquiring, the rules it is trying to keep, serve?
The Contribution of Basic 26
"What is the difference between visiting a man and going to see him, extracting a tooth and taking it out, forbidding a person solid food and saying he man not have it, preparing a meal and getting one ready, . . . ."
The Relation of Basic to Every Man's English 46
It seems appropriate to open this chapter with a recounting of that ingenious old definition of a catalyst with which we concluded the volume, Learning Basic English. Here it is, and as you will see, the retelling is done in Basic.
Some Ingredients of Every Man's 65
Good teachers have always been able to use "simple" language in examining complex ideas with their students, though a simple explanation of something difficult to understand is hard to achieve.
Syntactic-Semantic Relations 75
English has carried very far a practice which many other languages firmly resist : that of letting many words switch freely from one grammatical category to another. Normally there is little if any discernible change in pronunciation.
Within the Word 99
The great mathematician, G. H. Hardy, said of his friend and colleague, Ramanujan, that he knew numbers, including many very big ones, as though they were personal life-long associates whose idiosyncrasies were familiar to him.
Meanings as Instruments 110
At the hear of language control is the use of words (or, better, their senses) as instruments in looking closely at or into the senses of other words.
Aids to Reflections 122
The greater words have power to hold, protect, and preserve for a people its chief traditional values. And though they must be -- and indeed in many uses always are -- degraded and betrayed, they yet serve as a spirit bank to which those with the necessary credit can have recourse.