The Social & Cultural Functions of Language


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Language uses _____ to help people express thoughts, feelings and meaning.

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Which of the following would be an example of language and culture intersecting in the United States?

I. A taco

II. A burrito

III. Saying 'Hola!' to a friend

2. Which of the following is a socially acceptable way of using language to greet a teacher?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet help check your familiarity with the social and cultural functions of language. You'll need to have an understanding of acceptable language use in different situations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Using these educational assets lets you test your knowledge of:

  • Using language when talking to a mentor
  • Cultures that have their own type of language
  • The use of language to help people express thoughts, meaning and feelings
  • An example of language and culture intersecting in the US

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the type of cultures that have their own form of language
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about using language in different situations
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about language and culture in a different light

Additional Learning

You can learn more about these roles of language using the lesson called The Social & Cultural Functions of Language. Using this lesson helps you review more about:

  • The definition of language
  • Examples of the social function of language
  • Different aspects of the cultural function of language