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Jakobson’s functions of language

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Paulina Vega

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Jakobson’s functions of language

Jakobson’s functions of language

It is concerned on the:


It is the medium in which communication occurs.

The Metalingual Function

It is associated with the:

Contact factor (channel)

Is language for the sake of interaction

The phatic Function

focuses on the:


Sees the code itself, and how it is used and is the operative function (form) in poetry as well as slogans, jokes, metaphors and others.

The poetic Function 

Engages the:

Addressee (receiver)

It is best illustrated by vocatives and imperatives

The conative Function 

relates to the :

Addresser (sender)

Stress the addresser’s response to a given situation arisen in the context

The emotive Function

corresponds to the factor of:


Describes a situation, object or mental state.

The referential Function

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