Seven Functions of Children's Language - Halliday (1975)

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the seven functions of child's language and there definitions. Research from Halliday in 1975

Instrumental

To obtain goods and services - eg: "I want"

Regulatory

To control behaviour of others - eg: "Do this"

Interactional

To relate to others, to interact - eg: "Me and you"

Personal

To express self - eg: "Watch me"

Heuristic

To explore and gain knowledge of the environment - eg: "What's that?"

Imaginative

To use language imaginatively, for example telling stories, jokes or creating an imaginary environment - eg: "lets pretend"

Informative

(representational) To convey facts and information - eg: "I've got something to tell you"

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