ERIC Number: ED329135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
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Linguistic Perspectives on Literacy: A Systemic-Functional Approach.
Halliday, M. A. K.
Literacy is examined from the viewpoint of systemic linguistics. It is proposed that "literacy" means intervening in the social processes by working with written language, and this can not be accomplished by an individual alone. "Using written language" can not be isolated from "using language." While sociologically, it may make sense to treat literacy as a thing in itself, linguistically, it does not. Writing may have its own grammar, discourse semantics, and genres, but everyone who writes, speaks; and the primary context of writing is speaking. All ideologies in literate cultures are the product of both; not the sum of the two, but the dialectic between them. At this level, it makes little sense to treat literacy and oracy separately; the concept needed is that of"articulacy," or making meaning by using text in context. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Systemic Grammar
Note: Paper presented at the Inaugural Australian Systemics Network Conference on "Literacy in Social Processes" (1st, Geelong, Australia, January 18-21, 1990).