Halliday's seven functions of early language

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  • Halliday (1975)
    • satisfying social, emotional and physical needs
      • Regulatory
        • To make requests or give orders
      • Instrumental
        • To get something
      • Interactional
        • To relate to others
      • Personal
        • To convey a sense of personal identity and to express views and feelings
    • Coming to terms with their environment and their place within it
      • Heuristic
        • To find out about the immediate environment
      • Imaginitive
        • To be creative through language that relates to imaginative play, story telling, rhymes and humour
    • Representational
      • To convey information


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