The main function of language is to communicate, be it an idea, a feeling or, ultimately, any type of information. And to carry out that purpose the language has different functions, among which are: the appellative or conative function; the referential, representative or informative function; the poetic or aesthetic function; phatic or contact function; metalinguistic function, and symptomatic function.
One of the main objectives of language is to be able to express oneself
The symptomatic function of language is also known as emotive or expressive function. It allows the sender to externalize their attitudes, their feelings and moods, for example: You are beautiful! Today I feel very well; love you very much.
A writing can contain different communicative functions, however the predominant one is that which fulfills defining its communicative intention. These functions of the language have to do directly with the goals, service and objectives that are expected of the language at the time of communication and for each factor of the same we find a function and the one that dominates, is where more emphasis is lent.
So the symptomatic function is all the exclamations when we speak.
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End of symptomatic language function.
June 17, 2019