Teachers' attitude to and knowledge of metalinguistics
in the process of learning to read.
These results stand in contrast to earlier reports that highlight concerns about the knowledge bases of Australian preservice teachers' content knowledge for teaching grammar (Harper & Rennie, 2009) and metalinguistics
(Fielding-Barnsley & Purdie, 2005).
In his book on Dostoevsky, Bakhtin reacts against the way traditional linguistics looks at language--that is as an object of study arrived at through "abstraction from various aspects of the concrete life of the word." "But precisely those aspects in the life of the word that linguistics makes abstract"--Bakhtin insists--"are for our purposes, of primary importance." Therefore, he defines his method of examining language--or "the life of the word"--not as linguistics, but as metalinguistics
, whose subject are "dialogic relationships," as "language lives only in the dialogic interaction of those who make use of it." (47)
was developed largely by Benjamin Lee Whorf, who pointed out the profound relationship between language and perception: "We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native languages.
Keywords: Textual production, revision, metalinguistics
, cohesion, coherence, narrative structure.
This is why the development of grammar, semantics, metalinguistics
, and pragmatics should be apparent in spoken language production and auditory understanding prior to the initiation of reading instruction.
ERIC Descriptors: Basic Writing; Writing Instruction; Persuasive Discourse; Assignments; Literacy; Literary Genres; Curriculum; Conflict; Academic Discourse; Educational Change; Pragmatics; Journal Writing; Metalinguistics
; Content Analysis; Figurative Language; English Instruction; Revision (Written Composition); Personal Narratives; Reflection
In introducing a newer approach to phonetics that broadens its role to overall literacy beyond only developing skills for identifying speech sounds and errors, Thorum (communicative disorders, California State U., Fullerton) draws parallels between competencies in phonetic performance and metaphonetics to that between phonetics and metalinguistics
. He discusses the historical background of US English and its dialects; the interrelationship of phonetics, spelling, and pronunciation; dictionary uses and misuses; and clinical applications.
Noting that mere linguistics normally studies just the word (or, at best, the sentence), Bakhtin insists that the real unit of speech communication is the utterance, and he calls his work "metalinguistics
" in order to stress that it goes beyond standard linguistic concerns.
To wit, language ideological research attempts neither to privilege nor dismiss speakers' discursively mediated beliefs and feelings about language structure (metalinguistics
) and use (metapragmatics).