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A Primer Of Semantics

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212                  THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
exactly. In articles, we can most easily discover patterns. In articles, we can accumulate information from many sources and from different points of view. There is also the utilitarian fact that the student feels free to mark his copy in the analytical procedure. And material is readily available. There is a periodical to meet virtually every interest, from comic books to pure science. Read the article that has the strongest pull on your interests. Read straight through, and at your usual speed. Then ask yourself What does the author sayf You may not yet be ready to make a working-title, for the making of a verbal pattern may not yet be a habit wTith you. If so, read the article again, more slowly, and mark important points in the margin, as you go. Circle a key word; it may turn out to be a formator. (If you begin to underline, you'll hardly know where to stop, and what we are interested in now is the key word.) Then ask yourself again What does the author sayf Sum up the article in one sentence or less. And now read the article once more to determine whether or not your working-title makes a place for everything in the article. If not, the working-title must be made broader, either by the use of more general formators or the addition of formators. But don't make the mistake of attempting to include introductory material in the working-title. The introductory material is explanatoryperhaps historical, perhaps definitive of terms, perhaps aimed at establishing a moodbut it does not belong in the pattern. It does not, therefore, belong in the working-title.
When you are satisfied with your working-title, determine the principle of organization that binds the major parts together. Proceed then to the next task of finding subordinate formators which will support the major