Halliday's theory.

Functions of speech acquired by children.

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Instrumental.

  • language to fulfil a need.
  • used for requesting food, drink or comfort. 
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Regulatory

  • used to influence the behaviour of others. 
  • Requesting others to do as you want. E.G. 'pick me up'.
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Interactional.

  • Developing social relationships.
  • 'hello' or 'goodbye'.
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Personal.

  • Express personal preferences.
  • E.G. 'Here i am'.
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Informative.

  • communicate information.
  • relaying or requesting information. E.G. i got a new doll.
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Heuristic.

  • Learning and exploring the environment.
  • may involve asking questions of commentry on the child's play.
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Imaginative.

  • exploring the imagination.
  • Can accompany child's play as children create imaginary worlds.
  • can be influenced by story telling and can include songs and jokes. 
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