Functions of Language: A List

Rummaging through email drafts from over half a decade ago and found this list. Unfortunately I wasn’t a very good at taking down bibliographic information then:

Language Functions

Making introductions/social amenities
Expressing likes/dislikes
Expressing opinions
Making suggestions
Offering advice
Making requests
Giving commands
Asking for information
Giving information
Asking, giving and following directions/instructions
Seeking clarification
Asking for permission
Granting or turning down request for permission
Observing the rules of conversation
Attention Getting
Nominating topic(s)
Topic development
1. Clarification
2. Shifting
3. Turn Taking
Topic determination
Negotiating modifications
Accepting invitations
Getting intended meaning


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