What are Communicative Functions?

This refers to the various purposes for which we communicate or convey information or have a interaction with  others. 


 

Communicative functions

Few examples of vocabulary you can choose

Greetings

Hi, Hello, Bye, good morning, good evening, good bye

Requesting

I want ice-cream, I want to go to park, give me juice, more water, give me that

Denial / protesting / rejecting

No, don’t want, don’t do that, stop, 

Describing

Red ball, tall man, clean hands, dirty ball etc. 

Asking questions

What is that, Who is that, Where are we going, When is he coming, How does this work, Why are we going, what time

CommentingI like it, this is cool, wow, awesome! 

Responding to questions

I am fine. I agree. I like it. 

Sharing / relating information

I went to my friend’s house. I ate a pizza, I saw a movie

Directing attention 

Look here, see this

Joking

Relating jokes

Suggesting

Let’s go for a movie, let’s go to the park

Confirmation

Yes, It is, I meant

Clarification

Is It? Did you mean?

 

Communication is not merely about requesting for basic wants and needs! 


NOTE: Don't limit your interaction to Questions, requests or instructions - use more comments, suggestions, greetings, opinions etc. - a wide range of communication pragmatics - the purpose of communication! 






E.g. Relating information


Teach how to Relate or share information using Avaz