Functional Grammatics

Functional Grammatics : Re-conceptualizing knowledge about language and image for school English

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This book provides a re-conceptualization of grammar in a period of change in the communication landscape and widening disciplinary knowledge. Drawing on resources in systemic functional linguistics, the book envisions a 'functional grammatics' relevant to disciplinary domains such as literary study, rhetoric and multimodality. It re-imagines the possibilities of grammar for school English through Halliday's notion of grammatics. Functional Grammatics is founded on decades of research inspired by systemic functional linguistics, and includes studies of grammatical tools useful to teachers of English, research into visual and multimodal literacies and studies of the genre-grammar connection. It aims to be useful to the interpretation and composition of texts in school English, portable in design across texts and contexts and beneficial for language development. The book will be of interest to researchers and teacher educators, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students and practicing teachers committed to evidence-based professional more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 51 black & white illustrations, 35 black & white tables, 25 black & white halftones, 26 black & white line drawings
  • 1138948047
  • 9781138948044

About Mary Macken-Horarik

Mary Macken-Horarik is a Senior Research Fellow in the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Kristina Love is a Professor of Education at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Len Unsworth is Professor in English and Literacies Education at the Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University, Sydney. Carmel Sandiford is a Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, more

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'Vibrant, practical, research informed - this book will have a home on the shelves of educational linguists and classroom teachers alike. It will be the 'go to' resource for creative teachers who want to inspire and enthuse young learners about the rich versatility of language as a meaning-making resource. It illuminates the infinite possibilities of close attention to how language works and re-imagines grammar, not as a dry dull corrective, but as the beating heart of an engaged language classroom. Underpinning the book is a set of theoretically coherent linguistic principles, which both speak to, and advance the work of educational linguists. One of its real strengths is that it is evidence-based, drawing on a substantial recent research project conducted in Australian classrooms, and the authors communicate in a lucid, persuasive and direct style, even when dealing with complex ideas. At the same time, the book is deeply-connected to the realities of the classroom and is full of practical ideas and exemplars. Through working with texts and developing critical awareness of the affordances of language and image as a resource for creating meaning, the book demonstrates how students' repertoires can be nurtured over time. This book celebrates grammar in all its richness and offers a powerful new vision of classrooms where young learners are enabled to become creative and critical users of language.' - Debra Myhill, Professor of Education, University of Exeter, and Director of the Centre for Research in more

Table of contents

1. Negotiating the territory of English through functional grammatics 2. Developing a grammatics for narrative 3. Looking closely at resources for meaning in narrative 4. Teaching narrative in primary and secondary classrooms 5. Building knowledge about language and image in persuasive texts 6. Looking closely at resources for meaning in persuasion 7. Teaching persuasion in primary and secondary classrooms 8. Tracking east - exploring narratives of many kinds (and modes) 9. Envoishow more