Contrast modern grammar.
Overview[edit | edit source]
The traditional grammar of English was based on that of Latin since that was what early grammarians were familiar with, and possibly Aristotelian view that Latin was “closer to linguistic perfection” than English. Latin was a scholarly language, understood by sophisticated educated people, whereas English was a common (vulgar) language spoken by peasants and tradespeople.
Unfortunately, the direct application of Latin grammar to English doesn't work particularly well because of significant linguistic differences between Latin and English. Though both are Indo-European languages, English is a Germanic language whereas Latin was a Romance language.
Pedagogy[edit | edit source]
Traditional grammar strongly influences pedagogical grammar, to the point where the terms used in pedagogical grammar often reflect those in traditional grammar. The incoherence of some parts of traditional grammar may cause comprehension problems for EFL learners, and difficulties for EFL teachers trying to explain it.
Teflpedia prefers modern scientific grammar, as that is more coherent, but mentions traditional terms where appropriate.