1st Edition

A Functional Linguistic Perspective on Developing Language

By Anne McCabe Copyright 2021
    268 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume offers a comprehensive account of language development from a Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) perspective, integrating theory and data from a wide range of research studies.

    The book begins by taking an in-depth look at SFL theory and its focus on texts, highlighting the metafunctional nature of language and the ways in which individuals’ repertoires of meaning-making resources develop as they interact with the world and with others. Grounded in an SFL approach, the successive chapters consider in turn the key stages of language development, from infancy to school settings to additional, second, and foreign language learning contexts. Each chapter incorporates a range of SFL studies to demonstrate shifts in language development across these stages, but also the discussion of other functional perspectives to examine the ways in which these different approaches inform one another. A concluding chapter considers the implications of these studies for future research as well as for pedagogical practices in literacy teaching.

    In its consideration of the relationship between SFL theory and its application to language development, this book will be key reading for students and scholars in Systemic Functional Linguistics, language and education, and literacy studies.

    CHAPTER 1 Developing language: A functional linguistic perspective

    CHAPTER 2 Developing language from infancy

    CHAPTER 3 Developing language through school

    CHAPTER 4 Developing additional languages

    CHAPTER 5 Developing theory, pedagogy, and research


    Anne McCabe teaches linguistics and academic writing in the English Department at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus. She has published numerous book chapters and articles using a functional linguistics perspective applied to language development. She co-edited Language and Literacy: Functional Approaches and Advances in Language and Education.