>I have a serious question, one I hope people will not not view as cynical, but >rather as inquisitive. I am the one who fails to see what use diagramming >sentences serves. Some of you have supported it. I sincerely want to >understand to what purpose it exists. Some of my colleagues have supported it >as necessary in the understanding of languages. I can certainly understand >that and as such it should perhaps be included in a study of languages, in whose >context it might make more sense; but is it necessary to develop the ability >to write?
I don't believe that diagramming sentences is required to write; just as understanding a process isn't required to use the process.
>How do you see that it has served you as an adult?
I never learned this in any language arts class, but I did read computer science books in high school. There I learned about BNF (Backus-Nauer Format) and that this was a universal format for describing computer languages. It can also be used to show the process for evaluating algebraic expressions which could be used in a mathematics class. This could be taught in a unit that deals with algorithms and recursions.
I currently work as an engineer on a language compiler and have to deal with diagramming on a regular basis.
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Michael Moy Oracle SQL Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org
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