the Muse of
Language Arts Welcomes You
In these pages, The Muse Of Language Arts explores the miracle and power
Language Arts defined
What are the language arts? The Muse defines the language arts in these three steps:
About the poll on this page
The poll about animal-human communication at the right, below, is about
whether animals and people can converse in a meaningful way. This is a
subject to have fun with, but it is not a trivial one. Hanging upon your
answer are fundamental issues concerning human nature, the purpose and
function of language, evolution, and man's relationship to all living
creatures, past and present.
The Muse hopes that you
will consider the matter carefully before you check your answer box and
urges you to make a comment that will help others form an opinion.
If you're in doubt, exploring The Muse Of Language Arts feature called
Interspecies Communication In The Arts may help you arrive at an answer.
an appreciation of the language arts
As much as we hear language praised for its benefits to mankind, man's
capacity to use language is an often overlooked and underrated faculty.
Perhaps we tend to take our ability to speak, write, and talk for granted
because they are everyday phenomena. Like air, sky, and water, language is
all around us; we hardly notice it. Yet where would we be without it?
Linguists claim that language sets man apart from all other forms of
life. Archeologists and anthropologists have cited mankind's ability to
speak as a leading reason for modern man's ascendancy over the other
animals of the earth, even over other hominids. Some
point to man's ability to speak as the underlying reason for his ascendancy
over his now-once-formidable foe, Neanderthal man,
although the jury is still out on whether Neanderthals were capable of
about this feature
Where does The Muse take this exploration?
The Muse Of Language Arts is interested in all aspects of the language arts—using language to
read, write, speak, listen, hear, translate, and understand. The Muse is
especially interested in:
- The art of using language correctly and incorrectly, especially English, but not
limited to English.
- The human faculties involved in language.
- The science and theory behind using language to communicate among
- The act and process of writing, that is, using linguistic symbols to
- Intra-species communication, interspecies communication, and what they mean for the language arts.
Now join The Muse Of Language Arts in an exploration of the miracle
and power of language and the language arts. Begin by clicking one of
the features named in the To Do box in the upper right corner of this page
or in the Related Pages box on the page below it. You may also click the
feature names listed below:
Technical Aspects Of Literature
The technical aspects of any written work are its properties and
techniques as seen from a literary and language perspective.
All writing incorporates and is made up of technical elements like meter,
form, sound (rhyme), and figures of speech. Techniques and language elements
like these are common to all fields of writing; all writers use them,
deliberately or subconsciously. Any particular work can by analyzed,
understood, described, and classified by the combination of the writing
elements it incorporates.
In this feature, The Muse Of Literature explores writing and writings from a technical
and design point of
view—structure, organization, tone, style,
language constructions, and
all the other technical aspects that make for coherent, expressive, and
effective writing, or its opposite. The Muse places the technical aspects
of Literature under a reader's magnifying glass, but writers will want to
take a look, too.
- Explore The Muse Of Literature's feature called Technical Aspects of
about tops & flops in the arts
At the Electricka's feature called Tops & Flops In The Arts,
see lists of language arts favorites and lists of other top-10s that have been submitted
by visitors to Electricka's web site, including lists of their
favorite topics in the field. There, visitors can also submit their own
lists of favorites for other visitors to see at Electricka's web site.
- Explore language arts topics and lots more that's of interest to readers like you. Visit the feature called
Tops & Flops In The Arts now:
There are a great many books about the language arts. Here are a few that
are in the ETAF-Amazon Collection.
ETAF recommends Writing Right:
Writing Right is an ETAF program product that makes it easy to catch and
correct all sorts of writing mistakes. Fix them while you are writing or
editing. It also helps you to a better writing style.
The Writing Right White Paper is
a free white paper
that explains the theory behind Writing Right.
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