The Anarchist's Guide to Grammar
Banish the sacred rules of grammar???
YOU CAN'T DO THAT!
(Or can you?)
"Banish the rules of grammar in the U.S.!" is the revolution called for by author Val Dumond. "Scary? Of course, but drastic measures must be taken. Just look at the state of language today! The time is now! Stand up and reclaim it! We’ve been taking U.S. language for granted," claims this long-time writer.
We make several assumptions:
Not so! The time has arrived to banish what we call rules and expose the assumptions.
What would happen if we all spoke the language of our heritage? We would quickly learn the sound of the Tower of Babel – since US language has come about by combining languages from (at least) 150 countries around the world. As immigrants enter the country, they bring with them new ideas, cultures, foods, music, and language. As they become settled, they combine their culture with US-ers, thus enriching all of us in the United States, including our language.
In an amusing Introduction, Val explains how we have assumed there exists an incontrovertible set of grammar rules to be followed in order to speak proper, correct, good English.
"We're not in England anymore!" she points out. "Oh yes, we started out with British rules, but as we declared our independence, language changed, and continues to change."
Do you really understand ordinary British English? Numerous pundits over time have drawn up what they consider the rules of grammar and forced them on their students. Yet, when those students run up against someone who studied a different set of rules, confusion and doubt rear their heads.
Must we in the U.S. speak proper English or do we have a language all our own? After clarifying the conundrum of US-language, Val offers guidelines to aid writers in determining what constitutes understandable language. Those guidelines don't depend on memorizing all the crazy names for the parts of language, but rather the guidelines focus on how those parts function. Nouns and pronouns become Things; adjectives and adverbs become Modifiers; punctuation becomes Rules of the Road - all presented in easily understood language, with examples to boot.
Included in the guidelines are:
But Val doesn’t stop there. Writers will especially enjoy the freedom offered to create new words and put together sentences and paragraphs. She offers suggestions to use numbers and inclusive language, as well as offering four ways to improve spelling.
The solution to the confusion of US-language seems so simple:
Val shows you how in The Anarchist’s Guide to Grammar.
Toss out the assumptions, clarify them, pick up some basic, helpful guidelines, and write with power and assurance.
No longer will you need to ask, "What are the rules for writing Proper English" At last, you’ll understand why there aren't any. At last you can write your own guidelines.
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