Mathematics as text

Tamsin Meaney

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter


    Language is considered by many to be important in the development of mathematical ideas, whether as a result of new deliberations by mathematicians or as the reproduction of existing ideas by new learners. In this chapter, mathematics is considered as a text which can be analysed. Using ideas from Michael Halliday's Functional Grammar, a model is outlined to illustrate how the linguistic choices made by the speaker or writer as a result of their contexts of situation and culture are intricately connected to the mathematics which is being developed and interpreted. In a similar way, mathematical understanding can also influence the contexts of culture and situation and thus the linguistic choices which are perceived as being appropriate in the production of a new text. This model is then used to consider aspects of the development of texts of mathematics within classrooms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChallenging perspectives in mathematics classroom communication
    EditorsAnna Chronaki, Iben Maj Christiansen
    Place of PublicationWestport, CT
    PublisherInformation Age Publishing
    Number of pages36
    ISBN (Print)1593111517
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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