ERIC Number: ED327065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Contributions of Systemic Linguistics to Mother Tongue Education as Developed in Australia.
The study of systemic functional linguistics has been particularly relevant to the development of an educational linguistics. Recent theory has viewed language as a tool for mapping experience, with semantics and grammar treated as interrelated, not distinct. To the systemicist, one of the greatest theoretical challenges has been how to account for the manner in which text relates to context. The general response has been in the form of register theory. Systemicists tend to differ over their approach to register theory, principally in the issue of genres and how they are conceived. It is the view of recent Australian systemicists that the terms genre and register are not interchangeable and that both notions are necessary. Australian educational linguists have been seeking to identify the genres valued in the culture, most notably for reading and writing, so they may be made overt objects of teaching and learning in school. A social theory is involved here, with consequences for a pedagogical theory. Genre theorists have been unfairly criticized. Systemic linguistics can assist in the study of educational processes and practices. A 35-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Registers (Linguistics); Systemic Grammar
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics sponsored by the International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).