On the Plausibility of Functionalist Approach to Second Language Acquisition

Kamran Mehrgan


One of the linguistic approaches to the study of second language acquisition is the type of linguistics which stresses the role of language as focusing on meaning conveyed in different situations. This perspective to language acquisition is concerned with the ways in which second language learners set about making meaning, and achieving their personal communicative goals. In other words, language learning evolves out of learning how to carry on a conversation and syntactic constructions develops out of conversations. This article concentrates on the social aspects of language learning and expatiates on the systemic functional linguistics.


Systemic Functional Linguistics; Functionalism; Functional Grammar; Learner Interlanguage; Second Language Acquisition.

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