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Common Purposes or Functions of Language
by Carol J. Orwig

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This book is an inventory of some of the purposes for which people commonly use language. It lists these communicative functions in sections, such as Social Functions, Information Processing Functions, Survival functions. This information can be useful for planning or evaluating your language learning.

considering available resources and your own needs, and how to develop your own syllabus, unit plans and daily plans.

Common purposes or functions of language

What is a communicative function?
Survival functions: Meeting your most basic needs
Social functions: Interacting with other people
Functions used when socializing
Functions used in establishing and maintaining relationships
Functions involving barriers
Functions involving influencing people
Functions involving feedback
Functions involved in arguing
Functions involving avoiding trouble
Self-expressive functions
Functions involving expressing opinions
Functions involving expressing emotions
Cognitive functions
Functions for managing conversations

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