The Interpersonal Meaning of Indonesian Newspapers In Presidential Election 2014 (A Systemic Functional Linguistics Approach)

Triroessita Intan Pertiwi


This research examined the interpersonal meaning of the editorial of The Jakarta Post entitled Endorsing Jokowi and the editorial of The Jakarta Globe entitled The Political Process and Press Neutrality. This research comprehends the status, affects, and contact of the two editorials in order to realize the similarities and differences of the two media. This research was a qualitative study applying descriptive comparative method based on Systemic Functional Linguistics approach. Furthermore, this research applied total sampling technique hence all clauses in the texts were analyzed through the elements of lexicogrammar (mood structure, mood system, transitivity, theme, polarity, modality, lexis system, clause system, and nominal group), text structure, and genre. There are some key findings found in this thesis. First, the status between the writers and readers of the two editorials is equal. It is indicated through the use of dominant indicative declarative clause functioning as proposition. However, The Jakarta Post has more persuasive language and closer relation than The Jakarta Globe. It is realized through the use of proposal clause, modality, attitudinal lexis, and addressee. Second, the affect of the two writers toward the readers is positive. The affect of The Jakarta Globe toward the issue and two candidates is positive. Conversely, the affect of The Jakarta Post toward the issue and certain candidate is negative. It is realized from the use of polarity, attitudinal lexis, and descriptive lexis containing evaluation and judgment. Third, the contact of both writers toward the text is involved with high familiar and readable language. It is realized through the dominant simplex nominal group, topical unmarked theme, and repetition. Finally, it can be said that nowadays certain media in Indonesia is not balance in delivering their views. Moreover, certain media openly declares its stance in endorsing certain candidate. Thus the media has function as a means of driving public opinion rather than source of information.

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