What are the functions of the English language?
- A means of conveying information example, "The Kyneton train is now approaching on platform 4." This example is conveying to those waiting for the Kyneton train that it has now arrived.
- An instrument of action example, "Don't forget to feed the dog." This example is telling the second person in the conversation to do something.
- To maintain social relationships example, "G'day, how ya going?" Here we see that this function allows us to make and keep friends. This function is usually more informal than others.
- Acting as a marker of groups example, "He was out for a duck." This example would only be heard by someone talking about the cricket, therefore establishing that the people involved in the conversation are involved with cricket in one way or another, marking them as a group.
- As an instrument of cognitive and conceptual development. This is the power of language to influence thinking. This is why we have many words that mean basically the same thing, because they all have slight differences or are used in different circumstances. For example if you could only say you were happy, but not excited, thrilled, etc, then you would not be able to give as much detail.
- As an art form, language can be purposed towards beauty for beauty's sake.
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Hizkuntza is a Basque equivalent of the English word "language." Specifically, the word functions as a noun in its nominative singular form as the subject of a sentence. Its look is different according to the case into which it is declined. The pronunciation will be "ee-SKOON-tsa" in Guipuzcoan Basque.
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Fluency in a second language -- any language -- improves your cognitive functions. It makes you smarter. Fluency in English, specifically, makes you more marketable, more capable of functioning in the world around you. The argument against an English-only education is that until you gain fluency, you may miss out on some learning. That's quickly overcome though, as you are immersed in the new language.
The language itself has no functions at all. All functions are either provided by a library or are user-defined. The C89 standard library has fewer than 200 functions but C99 has a few more. Although the standard library is considered part of the language, the library and the language are physically separate. However, the language does have built-in operators like sizeof() that are function-like. But unlike actual functions which are evaluated at runtime, these operators…