Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Seminar to Feature Author of ‘The War Against Grammar’

RELEASED: March 29, 2006

David Mulroy
David Mulroy

EAU CLAIRE — The Seminar on the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a lecture by David Mulroy, professor of Greek and Latin and chair of the department of foreign languages and linguistics at UW-Milwaukee, at 3 p.m. March 31 in Room 103 of Hibbard Hall.

Mulroy will speak on "The War Against Grammar," which is the title of the book he published in 2003. In the book he disputes the fashionable idea that the teaching of grammar is a waste of time. He analyzes studies during the middle decades of the 20th century that showed the uselessness of grammar and questions the conclusions of these studies.

Mulroy advocates thorough grammatical education from the early grades onward.

"Young students need the kind of understanding that the linguists themselves started with when they were young," Mulroy wrote. "In most cases, that means a small number of broad concepts not so terribly different from what Shakespeare learned from Lily."

In his talk, Mulroy will extend his ideas beyond the book. He believes, for example, that the plight of students in immersion schools is a further illustration of the harmful effects of the war against grammar.

Mulroy holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and has taught at UW-Milwaukee since 1973. Besides "The War Against Grammar," his publications include three books of translations of ancient Greek and Roman poets, the latest a translation of the poems of Catullus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, contact Robert Greene, philosophy and religious studies department, (715) 836-3167.

-30-

JW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.