Title

Grammar myths

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Language Awareness

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Volume

24

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

37

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

explicit knowledge, grammar, misconceptions, myths, rules

Abstract

This paper looks at the continued survival of ‘myths’ about English grammar, for example, the statement that in negative and interrogative sentences any should be used instead of some. It is based on a survey of 195 Hong Kong students majoring in English, in five different cohorts, which found that such myths are quite prevalent; with choices of ‘true’, ‘false’, ‘don't know’ and ‘partly true’, the true option was chosen in over 50% of cases. Differences between subjects are identified and discussed, as well as changes across time from the first to the last cohort. Then the individual myths are discussed and explained one by one. A number of possible sources for the myths are suggested, and the means of combatting them are discussed, along with the reasons for their resilience.

DOI

10.1080/09658416.2013.873803

Language

English

Print ISSN

09658416

E-ISSN

17477565

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Additional Information

A preliminary version of this paper, based on limited data, was presented at the 15th World Congress of AILA, Essen, Germany, August 2008.

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Recommended Citation

Berry, R. (2015). Grammar myths. Language Awareness, 24(1), 15-37. doi: 10.1080/09658416.2013.873803

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