Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Alfred Korzybski, among others, has written about the harmful semantic effects of using the verb “to be.” D. David Bourland, following Korzybksi’s lead, devised E-Prime, a form of English that does not use the inflected forms of the verb “to be.” This study focuses on the effects of revising the Holy Bible into E-Prime. The study was done by sending a survey to thirty-six ministers in Hutchinson, Kansas. The survey included ten passages from the Bible that the author had revised into E-Prime. Ten came back for a response rate of 27.77 percent. The study show that the ministers did not believe the E-Prime revision made the Bible more accurate, which produces a null hypothesis.


James Costigan

Date of Award

Spring 1987

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1987 Bryon Cannon


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