Halliday's Taxonomy

A brief discription of Halliday's functions of child language, hopefully this will help :)

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Instrumental

Language used to satisy a child's needs.

e.g. "give juice!"

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Regulatory

Language used to control others around them

e.g. "pick me up!"

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Interactional

Phatic talk.

e.g. "how are you?" , "I'm fine"

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Personal

Language used to express themselves as people; usually by giving their opinions.

e.g. "I like pie!"

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Representational

Language used to relay information

e.g. "i have wet myself"

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Heuristic

Language used to learn about the environment.

e.g. "what's that called?"

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Imaginitive

Language used to explore the imagination

e.g. "i'm a princess in a castle".

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