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Language has an indefinite number of uses in addition to the communication of information.  Many of these uses are non-logical.  

Oftentimes, misunderstandings 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:

  • Forms and Functions of Language  
    The informative, expressive, and directive purposes of language are distinguished from  the types of English sentences.
  • Emotive Words  
    Emotive significance, sometimes called "the slanting of language," is described with examples and exercises.
  • Varieties of Disagreements 
    The analysis and methods of resolution of disagreements in belief and attitude are discussed. 
  • Language Exercises 
    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.

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