There are two fundamental aspects of language:
1) The grammar and syntax aspect, which enables clarity
2) The creative works aspect, whereby, in every discipline, the cultural contribution of other places and generations is available to us, to the literate.
Dependent upon these two aspects of language are two important skills:
— of speaking, which enables us to participate in culture
— and of writing, which enables us to contribute to culture over time.
We have spoken of the foundations, the concepts of God, of thought, and of man. Before moving on to speak of the individual disciplines, it is necessary to speak of the single discipline which is the principal vehicle of culture, the lens through which others are viewed – the discipline of the written word.
In medieval times, the requirements of elementary education, called the Trivium, had to do with three linguistic achievements – grammar, logic and rhetoric.