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Adrienne Lehrer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.001.0001

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Functions of Language

Functions of Language

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(p.199) 13 Functions of Language
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Wine and Conversation
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Adrienne Lehrer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.003.0013

Classifications of the functions of language reflect the interests and goals of the one classifying. Most utterances serve more than one function, and communication includes more than transferring information. Speech act taxonomies highlight illocutionary acts, for example, constatives, directives, commissives, and acknowledgments. Other taxonomies, such as Halliday's, divide functions into referential-informational, interpersonal, and textual. Jacobson's system adds aesthetic and phatic functions. Phatic communion, a term from Malinowski, serves to create social bonds.

Keywords:   functions of language, communication, taxonomies, speech acts, illocutionary acts, phatic communion

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