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Word Choice Errors

A Descriptive Linguistics Approach, 1st Edition

By Gulsat Aygen, Sarah Eastlund

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American English has many word pairs and trios that are alike enough to be confusing. Word Choice Errors provides a novel way to empower writers of all levels to cut through the confusion to understand which word to use and why that’s the word to use. Written in a user-friendly style, grounded in descriptive linguistics methods, and eschewing memorization, this book trains writers to detect, interpret, and act on language clues – with exercises, "wild idea" analytical tricks, and additional resources throughout. It is an excellent resource for instructors and students of grammar or writing/rhetoric, as well as for individuals looking to develop their language and writing skills.

Reviews

"This unique book systematically guides students through structural, semantic, and strategic criteria to help them distinguish such difficult pairs as affect/effect, principal/principle, farther/further. Simultaneously, students learn the basics of structural linguistics. Copious exercises and other mnemonics facilitate internalization of the targeted distinctions."

D. Gary Miller, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

"Language learners are often told just to memorize words from the dictionary, but that makes language look like a mess of irregular and arbitrary words. Aygen and Eastlund identify common errors and explain how linguistic form, meaning, and structure can be used to correct these mistakes. This book provides advanced English learners with the tools they need to figure out the regularities of language, giving them practice at linguistic skills to make their own linguistic generalizations. Aygen and Eastlund have created a very useful text, full of exercises which clearly test progress. It's an incredible resource for both learners and teachers."

Claire Bowern, Yale University, USA.

"Teachers of writing most often focus on such global concerns as organization, development, and coherence. At the same time, learners, especially English learners, can concern themselves with making appropriate choices at the word level. An instructor’s prescriptive approach offers general rules and sometimes admonishments. As a wise alternative, Aygen and Eastlund, in their Word Choice Errors: A Descriptive Linguistics Approach,show students how to interrogate errors to understand their causes and then devise practices that will help them to become more precise and confident writers. This useful book helps emerging writers to make choices based on linguistic principles and not based on recall of prescriptions nor intuition."

Thomas M. McCann, Northern Illinois University, USA.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents. Preface i.i. Overview i.ii. To Readers i.iii. To Instructors i.iv. Vocabulary Chapter 1. Introduction: Inaccurate Word Choices and Linguistic Criteria 1.1. Morpho-syntactic Criterion 1.2. Syntactic Criterion 1.3. Semantic Criterion Exercises 1. Linguistic Criteria Chapter 1 Recap Chapter 2. Commonly-Confused Words: Affect / Effect – Cue / Queue 2.1. Affect / effect Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.1.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.1.b 2.2. Allude / elude Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.2 2.3. Breach / breech Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.1.3 2.4. Cache / cachet Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.4 2.5. Capital / capitol Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.5 2.6. Censor / censure / sensor Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.6 2.7. Cite / sight / site Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.7 2.8. Colombia / Columbia Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.8 2.9. Complement / compliment Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.9 2.10. Confident / confidant / confidante Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.10.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.10.b 2.11. Conscience / conscientious / conscious / consciousness Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.11.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.11.b Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.11.c 2.12. Cue / queue Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 2.12 Review Exercises 2.1. Affect / Effect – Cue / Queue Chapter 2 Recap Lesson Learned Chapter 3. Commonly-Confused Words: e .g. / i.e – Hail / Hale 3.1. e.g. / i.e. Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.1 3.2. Either … or / Neither … nor Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.2 3.3. Elicit / illicit Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.3 3.4. Emulate / imitate Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.4 3.5. Emigrate / immigrate / migrate Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.5 3.6. Ensure / insure / assure Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.6 3.7. Envelop / envelope Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.7 3.8. Everyone / every one Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.8 3.9. Farther / further Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.9 3.10. Gild / guild Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.10. 3.11. Grill / grille Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.11 3.12. Hail / hale Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 3.12 Review Exercises 3. i.e. / e.g. – Hail / Hale Chapter 3 Recap Lessons Learned Chapter 4. Commonly-Confused Words: It’s / Its – Right/ Rite / Write 4.1. It’s / Its Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.1 4.2. Lay / lie Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.2 4.3. Less / fewer Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.3 4.4. Let’s / lets Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.4. 4.5. Loose / lose Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.5. 4.6. Moral / morale Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.6. 4.7. Onto / on to Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.7.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.7.b 4.8. Quiet / quite Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.8. 4.9 Principal / principle Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.9. 4.10. Raise / raze Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.10. 4.11. Rational / rationale Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.11. 4.12. Right / rite / write Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 4.12. Review Exercises 4. It’s/ Its – Right / Right / Rite Chapter 4 Recap Lesson Learned Chapter 5. Commonly-Confused Words: Setup / Set up – Your / You’re 5.1. Setup / set up Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.1. 5.2. Shear / sheer Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.2.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.2.b 5.3. Sic / sick Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.3. 5.4. Their / there / they’re Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.4. 5.5. Than / then Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.5. 5.6. To / too / two Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.6. 5.7. Vain / vane / vein Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.7. 5.8. Well / good Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.8.a. Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.8.b. 5.9. Weather / whether Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.9.5.10. Were / we’re / where Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.10. 5.11. Wet / whetFill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.11.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.11.b. 5.12. Which / witch Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.12. 5.13. Whose / who’s Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.13.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.13.b 5.14. Your / you’re Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.14.a Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises: 5.14.b Review Exercises 5. Setup / Set up – Your / You’re Chapter 5 Recap Lesson Learned Chapter 6. Cumulative Application Summary Points Chapter 7. Conclusion Answer Key for Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Chapter 1 Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Chapter 2 Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Chapter 3 Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Chapter 4 Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Chapter 5 Fill-in-the-Blank Exercises Consulted Works Glossary Index

About the Authors

Gülsat Aygen is Professor of Linguistics and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at Northern Illinois University, USA.

Sarah Eastlund is Assistant Professor of English at Brescia University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General