Definition of functional grammar in English:

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functional grammar

noun

A theory of grammar concerned with how the social, cognitive, and pragmatic functions of language relate to structure.
Example sentences
  • Using the framework of systemic functional grammar, this study compares two modes of presenting the same scientific topic: in a physics textbook and in interactive teacher talk.
  • Since your approach is based on Hallidayan functional grammar, isn't this arguably problematic position something you ‘inherit’ from this tradition?
  • ‘The emphasis will be on functional grammar and these resource-persons will in turn train the teachers to better equip them in the teaching of English,’ he explains.

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Syllabification: func·tion·al gram·mar

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