Language Use

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Language use covers the discussion of the use of language in certain practical contexts. It refers to the use of language communication, or the function of language. The experts usually make it contrast to language usage which is the grammatical explanation of some language.


Language use discusses the involvement of language in our everyday thinking, learning, and communicating with one another. When it interacts with these areas, it will arouse certain passions and problems which are related each other. These problems may be what it means to be correct (and whether it matters), of whether some accents are better than others, of the language disadvantages some children face at school because of their social class or ethnicity, of understanding instructions on domestic appliances and on official documents (such as tax forms), institutionalised misunderstandings such as police transcripts, doctor–patient communication, the language–content relation among subject specialists (e.g. chemical engineers, information scientists), and authenticity in simultaneous interpreting (Davies, 2007).

Language use includes several areas but it mostly deals with these fields;

  • correctness,

This field discusses how to speak correctly based on the rules and conventions of Standard English. It includes the discussion of old shibboleths, effective writing, social class markers, and non-discriminatory language (Davies, 2007). People will get benefits from this field, especially for expressing the appropriate thought based on the rules of the target language.

  • forensic linguistics,

It refers to the stylistic analysis of statements made to the police by those accused of criminal activity (Davies, 2007). This field often helps the police solve the problems concerning criminal cases.

  • applied stylistics,

This field contributes in developing modern literature, especially in poetry. Davies (2007) says that it refers to “examine and describe the ways of working that texts exemplify; or whether in addition it is to add our understanding of the meaning of those texts.” This field will help the writer to express the idea and the reader to comprehend it well.

  • lexicography

It is about the scientific knowledge that helps linguists in composing dictionaries.

  • artificial languages (or language treatment).

Some experts propose artificial language as the contrast to natural language. The former is the modification of the later that is developed for some particular purposes such as the language for people living in frontiers or for military purposes.


Davies, Alan. (2007). An Introduction to Applied Linguistics: From Practice to Theory. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


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