The Functions of Language in Herbalist-Client Interaction in Yoruba Traditional Medicine

Adegbite, Wale (1991)


A piece of language in use or 'text' can be studied from three vantage points. While sociological, socio-linguistic or socio-psychological approach will be interested in studying the social uses of (parts of) the text or the pragmatic activities of the speaker and interpretant accompanying its production and reception, a textual approach will be more interested in analysing its linguistico-pragmatic features such as the function(s) and message(s), and a linguistic approach will most probably focus the description of form (grammar and lexis) and meaning in the text.