The answer to this all depends on-you guessed it-grammar. In the third part of his extraordinary Way with Words series, Professor Drout continues to explore humanity's intimate association with language, here delving into the finer points of English grammar. Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.
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by Michael Drout
"In the third installment of Michael Drout's lecture series about the English language (the first two involving rhetoric and literature), the Wheaton College English professor explores issues of grammar, as well as spelling, punctuation, and the complex histories of English nouns, verbs, and subordinate clauses. Drout uses amusing anecdotes and his enthusiastic style to make the material as entertaining as it is enlightening. He proposes a middle road between Lynne Truss's (EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES) grammatical fundamentalism and David Crystal's anarchistic approach to language change. At one point, Drout even discusses Recorded Books' policy that the Modern Scholar audiobooks be unscripted and the effect that has on the presentation style. In all, a wonderfully lively and mind-broadening way to spend seven hours. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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