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Tuesday, June 28 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
13B Perceiving Caesar and Vergil in Three Dimensions: Helping Students Follow Narrative and Interaction Using Particles and Word Order

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Sometimes a linear text seems to students like a continuous stream of information running uncontrolled along the x-axis -- seemingly infinite and beyond retention. Just a few cues, however, offered by common discourse particles and word-order patterns can elevate their low-level perspective and open their eyes to a hierarchical organization that breaks texts vertically into manageable sense units, and even projects out from the page to engage the reader along an unexpected z-axis.

This workshop provides attendees with a brief background in Functional Discourse Grammar and describes the roles played by particles like autem, igitur, and vero in either cuing readers to informational structure or managing the relationship between the writer and the reader. Distinctions between supposed synonyms like nam and enim are demonstrated along with surprising signals from word-order patterns.

Participants should bring a device to learn techniques for manipulating texts from Caesar and Vergil with students.


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Patrick McFadden

ACL Secretary, St Mary's Episcopal School
I am particularly interested in issues of linguistics and pedagogy. Most of my work deals with applying Reading Theory to teaching Latin/Greek. I am also heavily involved in Tennessee's Latin Helps publicity campaign. Friend Latin Helps on FB, follow @LatinHelps on Twitter, or search #latinhelps on any social medium.


Tuesday June 28, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
San Jacinto Center Room 206

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