Transforming Normative Discourses of Schooling: Critical Systemic Functional Linguistics Praxis

  • Ruth HarmanEmail author
Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 33)


One of Halliday’s original purposes in developing Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) was to address and redress equity questions such as how and why certain groups of people are discriminated against because of their language use. This chapter provides an overview of SFL theory and why and how it has been used in recent years in the United States and elsewhere to support the academic, linguistic and cultural repertoires of multilingual and multicultural students and teachers. It further outlines key concepts drawn on by the mostly U.S. contributors throughout this volume, highlighting the similarities and differences of contributors’ approaches to critical SFL. Finally, it provides an overview of each of the three sections in the volume: (1) Reflection Literacy and Critical Language Awareness; (2) Register Variation and Equity; and (3) Multimodal Designing as they relate to SFL.


Critical SFL Praxis Multilingual learners Social equity 


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