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ogical Issues. While the main purpose of our text is to teach elementary conversation with some emphasis on reading and writing, we wanted it to be used to teach some of the linguistics to the students. Linguistic should be the part of our language textbooks. But how? Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. To the lay person, linguistics often seems boring because it bears some resemblance to grammar. Everyone remembers English/Urdu grammar from their elementary school or high school years, and nobody liked it. The problem with traditional grammar is that it did not seem to have a point, or maybe the only point was that it told you what was “good” language and what was “bad” language, without really explaining why. Linguistics tries to be a more

6553 1.pdf

ogical Issues.

While the main purpose of our text is to teach elementary conversation with some emphasis on reading and writing, we

wanted it to be used to teach some of the linguistics to the students. Linguistic should be the part of our language

textbooks. But how?

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. To the lay person, linguistics often seems boring because it bears

some resemblance to grammar.

Everyone remembers English/Urdu grammar from their elementary school or high school years, and nobody liked it. The

problem with traditional grammar is that it did not seem to have a point, or maybe the only point was that it told you what

was “good” language and what was “bad” language, without really explaining why. Linguistics tries to be a more





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