Indirect Speech in the Movie the Theory of Everything (78327)

Session Information: Literature/Literary Studies
Session Chair: Akiko Takei

Saturday, 25 May 2024 13:20
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study aims to find out the number of indirect speech acts found in Jane’s utterance in a movie titled The Theory of Everything and to analyze the category for each utterance based on illocutionary acts classification. This study took the data from the utterances of The Theory of Everything movie, particularly those of the main character, Jane. Yule’s (1996) theory of illocutionary acts was used for analysis. The study found 18 utterances which are categorized into indirect speech acts. Based on the classification of illocutionary acts, there are only two categories found, namely directives and assertive. The highest category found is assertive 77.78% and the lowest are categorized as directives 22.22%. This shows that indirect speech act utterances in the movie were dominated by assertive because the characters mostly use fact and question. This study explains the significance of the illocutionary act in determining the speaker’s intention from what they say, whether they are stating, denying or asking.

Rinta Aryani, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
Ahmad Bukhori Muslim, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia

About the Presenter(s)
Rinta Aryani is currently a student of master degree in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, majoring English Education. She is also a teacher in a primary school,Bandung, West Java.

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