Thursday, August 30, 2012

Classical v. Postmodern Sentence Style

I am looking at Dr. Einarsson's grammar for Mariel (age 14) this year.  I just read the first chapter and feel convicted.
Today, what we say does not have to be thoughtful and conclusive; it just has to be said now, while the microphone is still on... 
...the ideas of today seems to come out in a continuous flow of ongoing language.  Sooner or later the idea seems to be "out there," and then the word stream stops.  But this style, based on flow and quantity, is not the language style of yesterday.  In the past, the carefully structured sentence was the medium for encapsulating and precision-stating our thoughts.  Today, precision and structure seem to be less important than the ability to "wax eloquent" at the drop of a hat.
I'll learn a lot in grammar this year too, I hope.


rachaelnz said...

Thanks for sharing this Katie. This looks like something my almost 14yo would enjoy. She is into all things Austen and has completed up to grade 9 A Beka grammar. This might give her something more related to literature. Keep posting about whatever you are doing, I always love reading your entries!

North Laurel said...

I look forward to hearing how this goes with your daughter and you. We are using this also for my daughter. I am not as 'into' grammar, shall we say, as my daughter is but I'm trying to keep up.