Summer 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 3 English Verse and What It Sounds LikeJuly 1, 1956 |

From Linguistics to Criticism

I. (As in the Kenyon Review of Autumn, 1951.) AN OUTLINE OF ENGLISH STRUCTURE. By George L. Trager and Henry Lee Smith, Jr. Studies in Linguistics: Occasional Papers 3. Battenburg Press. $1.50. Fending off political attack on one flank, the U.S. Department of State achieves quiet, significant gains on the other. This short treatise on contemporary English, written by two of the several distinguished linguists teaching in the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department, exemplifies the kind of advanced training in language, culture, and allied subjects now given our foreign service personnel. Although the authors regard their work as very tentative, or, in their own words as "a series of conclusions about English structure that constitute . . . the basis for further study and discussion," they are, it seems to me, dramatically over-modest. Whatever else this many-faceted book may claim to be, it is above all a brilliant attempt to apply to an Atlantic "cultural" languag

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