Grammar for the Soul Using Language for Personal Change

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Quest Books
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In this wise and charming book, Lawrence Weinstein explores how self-expression reveals the psyche and how changing language can change lives. In chapters like “Tolerating Ambiguity” and “Getting Out of One’s Own Way,” he describes how the proper use of an element of punctuation or syntax, even the simple reversal of an object and subject, can help one become a whole human being. Clear examples, amusing anecdotes, and telling quotes support Weinstein's technique for teaching self-improvement through improved grammar.

Author Biography

Lawrence A. Weinstein taught expository writing at Harvard University from 1973 to 1983 and cofounded Harvard's Writing Center. He currently directs the writing program at Bentley College.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Bootstrap Grammar - Taking Life in Handp. 7
Getting Noticed: Colonsp. 9
Energy: Transitive Verbs in the active Voicep. 13
Wherewithal: Prepositionsp. 18
Doing What Works: Anomalous Commas and Beyondp. 20
Lack of Time: The Imperativep. 25
Grammar for Creative Passivityp. 29
Getting Out of One's Own Way: Passive Voicep. 32
The Latent Repertoire: Triple-Spacingp. 36
Hybrid: Blessingp. 40
Grammar for Belongingp. 43
Touch: Many Elementsp. 46
Communication: Commas, Quotation Marks, Modifiers, Pronounsp. 52
Bonding: Ellipsesp. 57
Being Correct: Apostrophesp. 61
Compromise: "They" - Made Singularp. 65
Trust: Exclamation Marks, Italics, Intensifiersp. 71
Generosity: Semicolons, Cumulative Sentencesp. 75
Friends in the Graveyard: Present Tensep. 80
Grammar for Freedomp. 85
Modeling I-Statementsp. 88
Using E-Primep. 91
Shifting into Past Tensep. 95
Our Linguistic Limitsp. 98
Grammar to Restore the Egop. 101
Fulcrum: "But"p. 103
Grammar, Thing of Beauty: Sentence Length and Repetition, among Other Thingsp. 105
Grammar for Mindfulnessp. 111
Speaking Without Feigning Certainty: Part I: Avoiding the Third-Person Omniscientp. 115
Speaking Without Feigning Certainty: Part II: Emily Dickinson's Dashesp. 118
Checking Preoccupation: Future Tense and Adverbial Provisosp. 121
A Digression on the Spiritual Value of Dictionariesp. 125
Tolerating Ambiguity: "And"p. 129
Codap. 133
Acknowledgmentsp. 135
Sourcesp. 139
Indexp. 150
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