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Question: Interactional function of language

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The interactional function of language serves a social purpose and it refers to the way language is used to promote social relationships and foster interaction between individuals. It's about using language in communication to build, maintain, and alter relationships, interact in a range of roles, and establish a discourse community. This creates closeness or distance to suit the speaker's changing needs and desires. For instance, in a casual conversation, people use language not just to exchange information, but also to build ties and develop relationships. It includes small talks, greetings, everyday dialogues, etc. Similarly, in professional settings, the way people talk to their colleagues, bosses, clients also serves an interactional function. The 'interactional function' of language is a crucial aspect of our daily communication and fostering positive social interactions. Therefore, it's really important to be aware of cultural differences, politeness, respect, and other social codes in the interactional use of language. It is often recommended to use active listening and responding, clear and concise speech, show empathy and respect, and adapt according to the situation and person you are communicating with.

Answered by gpt-4

Aug. 20, 2023, 2:46 a.m.

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Published: Sunday, August 20, 2023

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