Language has an indefinite number of uses in addition to the communication of
information. Many of these uses are non-logical.
occur when language form (the type of sentence) is confused with language function (the
use of the sentence).
For example, an imperative sentence does not necessarily issue
a command; the sentence could be used instead to express feelings.
Links to Lecture Notes:
LOGIC AND LANGUAGE
- Forms and Functions of Language
The informative, expressive, and directive
purposes of language are distinguished from the types of English
- Emotive Words
Emotive significance, sometimes called
"the slanting of language," is described with examples and
The analysis and methods of
resolution of disagreements in belief and attitude are discussed.
Examples illustrating emotive
significance and the varieties of disagreements of disputants should
refine the ability to understand the difference between the literal and
emotive dimensions of the language use.