Language Function

Function description



The child uses language to get things done, attending to personal needs and serve the function of “I want”.

I want play dough


Language is used to control the behavior of others, to make them do things you want.

Please stop

Interactional model

Language is used to define, initiate and exercise interactions between self and others

Do you mind I play with you?


Language is used to express awareness of self, and assert personal preferences

My shirt is blue


Language is used to explore, acquire information, and learn about the environment.

Who is that?


Language is used to create an imaginary environment, tell stories, pretend play, or exploring one’s own imagination

The baby is sleeping now.


Language is used to transmit or exchange information to others.

Tomorrow I will not come to school