functions of language proposed by the structural linguist Roman Jakobson

Roman Jackabson was a famous linguist in the Russian formalism period. He proposed six functions of language that are; Referential function Emotive function Conative function Poetic function Phatic function Metalingual function 1. Referential function This function of language indicates that language is used to point out the things in the real world. It is used to refer to event, idea, happenings and entities. For example, we use language to talk about the people, the places and locations etc. so whenever language is used to give reference about entities which may be concrete or abstract the language is in fact functioning as referential device. 2. Emotive function Other than pointing out things in the real world, language is also used to express our emotions; that how feel, how it feels l...[Read More]

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