English Language: Functions of children's speech (theory)

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Instrumental
When children's speech is aimed at trying to fufill a need. Mostly directly concerned at obtaining food, drink and comfort.
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Regulatory
When children's speech is aimed at trying to influence and control other people's behaviour (persuading, commanding and requesting)
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Interactional
When children's speech is aimed at developing social relationships and making relationships easier to develop. Usually involving phatic talk.
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Personal
When children's speech expresses personal, individual feelings. ('Here I Am' function)
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Heuristic
When children's speech is aimed at learning about and exploring the environment around them.
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Imaginative
Children's speech that is aimed at exploring their imagination (storytelling or imaginary worlds can arise from this).
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Informative
When children's speech is aimed at communicating or exchanging information.
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How to use Michael Halliday's theory in an exam
Link specific utterances to theory or link overall patterns to theory.
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When children's speech is aimed at trying to influence and control other people's behaviour (persuading, commanding and requesting)

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Regulatory

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When children's speech is aimed at developing social relationships and making relationships easier to develop. Usually involving phatic talk.

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When children's speech expresses personal, individual feelings. ('Here I Am' function)

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When children's speech is aimed at learning about and exploring the environment around them.

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