The Function Of MAK Halliday's Functions Of Language

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Language is presented in many different forms. It can be presented visually through different mediums, some of these are; sign language; symbolism on street signs and; written language through letters, books, text messages, emails, social media sites to name a few. Language can also be presented audibly through; conversations at home, school, over the telephone; informative purposes at home, school, both on and off the internet and also; entertainment purposes through radio and television which is a combination of both audio & visual.
Within language there is standard language and diverse language, both of which are important factors in teaching and learning. Standard English is the formal dialect of English, which is mostly
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The first is communication, this envelopes three of Halliday’s functions including the instrumental function; the regulatory function; and the interactional function (Fellowes & Oakley, 2014, p. 29). This role of language covers being able to communicate one’s wants, needs, preferences; to control another person’s behaviour by directing with language; to make friends and prolong an activity. The next of Halliday’s functions of language the personal function, covers both personal expression and personal identity which are roles of language. The heuristic function, the imaginative function and the informative function all help with the role of empowerment (Fellowes & Oakley, 2014, p. 20). Banga and Suri (2015, para. 1.3-1.6) claim that there are more roles of language. This information is much more detailed by breaking the roles own into categories such as: roles of language in life; roles of language in intellectual development; roles of language in emotional development; roles of language in social development. Whatever roles of language that is researched will show that language is an integral part of one’s …show more content…
Code switching is a skill that involves using one language and changing to another language or dialect (Fellowes & Oakley, 2014, p. 41). This would be especially beneficial to children whose home language was aboriginal English, being able to code switch between standard English and aboriginal English would make it easier to move from between social and cultural situations (Department of Education as cited in Fellowes & Oakley, 2014, p. 41). Code switching would play an important role in many children’s schooling and language acquisition.
Digital media dialect is another part of language that older school children will learn to speak once they head into social media sites and text messaging. This dialect is bringing back conversation, interactive exchanges and new metaphors to understand abstract ideas (Gee & Hayes, 2011, p. 12). This is still an evolving dialect, but an ever popular growing version of language that is important to the younger

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