Thinking and Language
By: Clare Slattery
The Six Functions of Language
Now that I have learned the functions that language can be classified into, I have been able to recognize the purpose of my speech. When I address a person, I can identify whether I am using language in a phatic or conative function. I can also recognize whether or not what I am saying is useful. I have a tendency to talk too much; by knowing these functions I can "think before I speak" and know whether what I am saying is important, or necessary, and whether or not it is best to just keep my mouth shut.
The Sapir-Whorf Theory
After learning the Sapir-Whorf Theory, I have looked more closely at differences between languages, most specifically between my native English and Spanish, the second language I am learning. I have noticed that Spanish speakers put much more emphasis on actions done to themselves, or ways of expressing oneself. In my interpretation I see this as a sign of valuing the beliefs and actions a person takes, and recognizing the importance of every being's actions. As I continue learning Spanish, I will continue to make comparisons and conclusions on the language which will help me better understand and appreciate the culture.