The language of schooling a functional linguistics perspective builds on current sociolinguistic and discourse analytic studies of language in school but adds a new dimension the framework of functional linguistic analysis this framework focuses not just on the structure of words and sentences but on how texts are constructed how . Days functional grammar halliday 1985 1994 a theory of linguistic structure that does just this became available to researchers making possible the study of the principled relationship between context and language structure. Though there are other books that have addressed the topic of language of schooling this book in a special way has approached the topic from a functional linguistic perspective a perspective much needed in the practical aspect of the topic under discussion. Mary j schleppegrell the language of schooling a functional linguistics perspectivemahwah nj lawrence erlbaum 2004 pp 190 hb 4500 this is an important contribution to the discussion in the field of educational linguistics on the nature of academic language proficiency. This book is about how language is used in the context of schooling it demonstrates that the variety of english expected at school differs from the interactional language that students use for social purposes outside of school and provides a linguistic analysis of the challenges of the school
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