ERIC Number: EJ776481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 23
At Last: The Meaning in Grammar
Schleppegrell, Mary J.
Research in the Teaching of English, v42 n1 p121-128 Aug 2007
The domain of inquiry by literacy researchers has expanded greatly over the past generation. Literacy researchers now address out-of-school literacies, multimodal texts, literacy across the curriculum and other important issues. Research on literacy development has become even more important in the high stakes assessment environments in today's schools, where students need to learn to control academic language registers in order to demonstrate what they have learned. This article talks about the theory of functional grammar, which comes from systemic functional linguistics (SFL). The functional grammar of SFL is used to show how meanings of different kinds are construed in the language choices adopted by students and the writers of instructional texts, and how the way meaning is construed changes as the texts of schooling become increasingly challenging.
Descriptors: Researchers, Academic Discourse, Literacy, Grammar, Textbooks, Linguistics, Language Research, Language Usage, Structural Analysis (Linguistics), English Instruction
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