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Powers and Limits of Signs

by I. A. Richards - 1974

In theoretically distinguishing the educator's, the teacher's, and the learner's special, other than ordinary uses of language from ordinary use, it is no less necessary to insist that to distinguish is not to separate. Any user of language from moment to moment may find himself in a situation imposing upon him some special use. The educator's duties constantly require in him a clinical, evaluative attitude towards meanings and the transactions they mediate. But we may, most of us, find ourselves at any moment in a situation in which we have to be educators. So, too, we may, almost all of us, have to teach. And certainly we do, all of us, have to learn. What special use is requisite is determined by the character of the situation governing the communication.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 73, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 5, 1974, p. 99-121
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19420, Date Accessed: 10/28/2020 1:24:54 AM

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    I. A. RICHARDS is an English literary critic and rhetorician who teaches at Cambridge University.
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