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Spoken English and the question of grammar: the role of the functional model

Coffin, Caroline (2003). Spoken English and the question of grammar: the role of the functional model. In: ed. New perspectives on English in the Classroom. London, UK: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, pp. 14–18.

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Given the nature of spoken text, the first requirement of an appropriate grammar is its
ability to account for stretches of language (including recurring types of text or
genres), in addition to clause level patterns. Second, the grammatical model needs to
be part of a wider theory of language that recognises the functional nature and
educational purposes of spoken text. The model also needs to be designed in a
sufficiently comprehensive way so as to account for grammatical forms in speech and
writing (as well as, to some extent, visual forms) and to elucidate the differences
between them. Finally, although concepts and terminology must be principled and
systematic, they need to be accessible and useful in relation to educational objectives.

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Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
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