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ERIC Number: ED340195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Pages: 14
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Using Linguistic Analysis in Educational Research: An Overview of Current Issues in Language and Education.
Winser, Bill
The inadequacies of traditional and transformational models of grammar are overcome in the systemic-functional approach of Halliday, where meaning is built into the grammar and the text is the basic unit. Here, the functional approach is seen in the stress on the role of social/cultural context and in the importance of the role of register, which consists of the environment in which text is instantiated. The language user makes appropriate language choices according to the variables in the context of situation, and the exchange of meaning becomes possible. Register is further explained by three variables (field, tenor, and mode) that relate to three functional components, called metafunctions, in the model. Field corresponds to the experiential function; tenor relates to the interpersonal or social function of language; and mode is linked to the textual function, concerned with the part language plays in making the message. Each of these functions then finds its own place in the lexicogrammatical system through transivity, mood, and theme. Not only does the social order affect language, but the reverse occurs, also. There is a need to raise teachers' and learners' consciousness about language so teachers can work more explicitly with learners and their texts. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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