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The structural view of language



The structural view of language is that language is a system of structually related elements for the transmission of meaning. These elements are usally descibed as

  • phonological units (phonemes)
  • grammatical units (phrases, clauses, sentences)
  • grammatical operations (adding, shifting, joining or transforming elements)
  • lexical items (function words and structure words)
Areas of research drawn on

Here are some of the areas of research in this view of language:

  • linguistic analysis
  • textual discourse analysis
Target of language learning

The target of language learning, in the structural view, is the mastery of elements of this system.

Methods based on this view

Some of the language learning methods based on this view of language are:

  • the Audiolingual method
  • Total Physical Response
  • the Silent Way

Adapted from Richards and Rodgers 1986

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