A STUDY OF IDIOMS USED IN NOVEL BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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  • NURFAIZUN CANDRA PERMATA SARI Fakultas Ilmu Budaya Universitas Brawijaya

Abstract

Keywords: Idiom, Novel, Beautiful Creatures This study aims at examining the classification and the meaning of idioms,also the function of idioms used in the dialogues of the main character in novelBeautiful Creatures. There are three problems of the study: (1) the classifications of idioms used in novel Beautiful Creatures, (2) the meaning of the dialogues containing idioms found in novel Beautiful Creatures, and (3) the function of idioms used in novel Beautiful Creatures. This study uses qualitative approach with content or document analysis because it focuses on analyzing the idioms used by the main character of BeautifulCreatures. This study applies the theory of Seidl and McMordie (1988) in term ofclassification and the meaning of idioms, and the theory of McCarthy and O’Dell(2010) for the functions of idiom.This study reveals nine types of idioms stated by the main character of Beautiful Creatures.  The writer found 31 (thirty one) keywords with idiomaticuses; 5 (five) idioms with nouns and adjectives; 5 (five)  idiomatic pairs; 2 (two)idioms with preposition; 7 (seven) phrasal verbs; 4 (four) verbal idiom; 2 (two)idioms for special subjects; 3 (three) idioms containing special keywords; and 8(eight) idioms as comparison. The meanings of idioms that had been found varies and they depend on the context. The functions of idiom that were found are: to emphasize a statement of certain condition; to comment on people; to comment on situation; to make and anecdote more interesting; and to catch the reader’s eye.The writer hopes the next writers can use the findings of the research as anadditional reference and expects that this research can make them understandmore about idioms in semantics. In addition, the writer also recommends that the next writers use different object and different theory to conduct the research on other problems and theory.

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2014-04-07

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