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Functions of Language


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instrumental (function)
to obtain goods and services (e.g. "I want")
regulatory (function)
to control behaviour of others (e.g. "Do this")
interactional (function)
to relate to others, to interact (e.g. "Me and you")
personal (function)
to express self (e.g. "Watch me")
heuristic (function)
to explore and gain knowledge of the environment (e.g. "What's that?")
imaginative (function)
to use language imaginatively, telling stories, jokes, creating an imaginary environment, etc (e.g. "Let's pretend")
informative (function) / representational (function)
to convey facts and information (e.g. "I've got something to tell you")