Grammar matters
Grammar matters

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Grammar matters

Further reading

You might like to read this open access blogpost by Lise Fontaine to whom you were introduced at the beginning of the course, writing about Halliday’s functional emphasis on how we chose from a system of meanings rather than structures.
If you are interested in the application of SFL to education, you might also like to look at the following open access publication about the teaching of English as an Additional Language:
Coffin, Caroline (2010). Language support in EAL contexts. Why systemic functional linguistics? (Special Issue of NALDIC Quarterly). NALDIC, Reading, UK.
For a more general introduction, a good place to begin would be with Geoff Thompson’s book which we have drawn on in the preparation of this course:
Thompson, G. (2014) Introducing Functional Grammar, 3rd edn, London, Routledge.
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