Monday, January 15, 2007

Grammar Trees

This is really dorky, but I love drawing grammar trees. I took 402 several semesters ago and really liked the class. The only problem is that the exercises seem a bit useless in evaluating a sentence. How could sentence trees help us edit a sentence? If it doesn't, then what was the point in learning them?


jenna said...

I loved grammar trees too. I think they're mostly useful in understanding the "hows" and "whys" though. Kind of like figuring out how a clock works by taking it apart and putting it back together.

Pat said...

Anything that strengthens your understanding of structure and mechanics--as Jenna says--will help you in copyediting.

Copyeditors have to be strong in logic, and grammar trees are one form of logic. This will become more apparent as the weeks go by.