TY - CHAP

T1 - Impact of differing grammatical structures in mathematics teaching and learning

AU - Edmonds-Wathen, Cris

AU - Trinick, Tony

AU - Durand-Guerrier, Viviane

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - This chapter investigates issues regarding the different grammatical structures of languages used in mathematics learning, both languages of instruction and other languages that are used in classrooms. Mathematics is understood to operate in and through language, and different languages offer different resources with which to do this. This chapter considers the nature of the mathematics that is made possible by the linguistic expressions of different languages. We examine features of the mathematics register and the development of the mathematics register for a few selected languages. We discuss linguistic differences that occur in the key mathematical areas of logic, reasoning, space and number, in a general manner, and with specific examples from languages from different parts of the world. We then offer suggestions for how teachers and researchers in multilingual contexts can comprehend and utilise grammatical differences among the languages in their context.

AB - This chapter investigates issues regarding the different grammatical structures of languages used in mathematics learning, both languages of instruction and other languages that are used in classrooms. Mathematics is understood to operate in and through language, and different languages offer different resources with which to do this. This chapter considers the nature of the mathematics that is made possible by the linguistic expressions of different languages. We examine features of the mathematics register and the development of the mathematics register for a few selected languages. We discuss linguistic differences that occur in the key mathematical areas of logic, reasoning, space and number, in a general manner, and with specific examples from languages from different parts of the world. We then offer suggestions for how teachers and researchers in multilingual contexts can comprehend and utilise grammatical differences among the languages in their context.

KW - mathematical language

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85068172979&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-14511-2_2

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-14511-2_2

M3 - Chapter

SN - 978-3-319-37275-4

SN - 978-3-319-14510-5

T3 - New ICMI Study Series

SP - 23

EP - 46

BT - Mathematics education and linguistic diversity

A2 - Barwell, Richard

A2 - Clarkson, Philip

A2 - Halai, Anjum

A2 - Kazima, Mercy

A2 - Moschkovich, Judit

A2 - Planas, Núria

A2 - Setati-Phakeng, Mamokgethi

A2 - Valero, Paola

A2 - Villavicencio Ubillus, M.

PB - Springer, Cham

CY - Switzerland

ER -