Transferring Information Between Languages An English – Indonesian Case Study
Zein, T. Thyrhaya
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Language typically plays the main role in human communication particularly when individuals are working with others. It is used to turn messages originating in the human mind into tangible utterances in the outside world. Aronoff and Janie (2001:108) argue that the basic function of language is as a means of communication, and this communicative function is expressed in the utterance: an ordered arrangement of words which is influenced by many factors, primarily the language context (van Dijk, 2008: 159). Eggins (2004: 192) states that whenever people use language they are using it to interact, to exchange information. She adds that the fundamental purpose of language is to enable people to make meanings. Language users neither interact to exchange sounds with each other, nor to exchange words or sentences. People interact one to another in order to make meanings, to make sense of the world and of each other.