Useful grammar books

August 22, 2009


If you’re looking for some useful books on Systemic Functional Grammar, here are some of my favourites:

  • Butt, D. et. al. (2003). Using functional grammar: an explorer’s guide. Sydney: Macquarie University.
  • Derewianka, B. (1998). A grammar companion for primary teachers. Newton, Australia:PETA.
  • Droga, L. and Humphrey, S. (2003). Grammar and meaning: an introduction for primary teachers. Berry, Australia: Target Texts.
  • Gee, J. (1990). Social linguistics and literacy: ideology in discourse. London: The Falmer Press. [See Chapter 4 in particular if you would like grammar put into a broader perspective. Not a book for beginners.]
  • Halliday, M. and Matthiessen, C. (2004). An introduction to functional grammar. London: Arnold. [The ‘bible’ of Functional Grammar – once again, not for complete beginners unless you have a linguistic background already.]

Keep an eye out for additions to this list over the coming weeks.