AJAY SAINI DELHI, India 286 Questions 17 Answers 0 Best Answers 315 Points View Profile 0 AJAY SAINI Asked: April 28, 20202020-04-28T15:37:16+05:30 2020-04-28T15:37:16+05:30In: Language What are the functions and characteristics of language? 0 What are the functions and characteristics of language? communicationlanguage Share Facebook 2 Answers Voted Oldest Recent Anshika Sharma India 3k Questions 2k Answers 3 Best Answers 4k Points View Profile Anshika Sharma Added an answer on May 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm We use language to ask for help, or just to say a joke. Generally, there are five main functions of language, which are informational function, aesthetic function, expressive, phatic, and directive functions. Any language is determined by a number of factors, such as a social background, attitudes and origin of people 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Harsh Noida, India 257 Questions 234 Answers 1 Best Answer 719 Points View Profile Harsh Added an answer on April 29, 2020 at 10:54 pm Many definitions of language have been proposed. Henry Sweet, an English phonetician and language scholar, stated: “Language is the expression of ideas by means of speech-sounds combined into words. Words are combined into sentences, this combination answering to that of ideas into thoughts.” The American linguists Bernard Bloch and George L. Trager formulated the following definition: “A language is a system of arbitrary vocal symbols by means of which a social group cooperates.” Any succinct definition of language makes a number of presuppositions and begs a number of questions. The first, for example, puts excessive weight on “thought,” and the second uses “arbitrary” in a specialized, though legitimate, way. Directive function. If the sender wishes to draw the attention of the recipient and/or provoke a reaction from them, they will use the directive or appellate language function. The function is often a command or question so generally imperatives and interrogative modes are used. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Featured image Select file Browse Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.