Women's Language Features Found in Female Character's Utterances in the Devil Wears Prada Movie

Tika Oktapiani • M. Natsir • Ririn Setyowati
Journal article Ilmu Budaya • July 2017

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Abstract

The research entitled women's language features found in female character's utterances in The Devil Wears Prada Movie, aims to identify the women's language features based on Lakoff's theory and also to identify language functions served by women's language features found in The Devil Wears Prada movie based on Jakobsen's theory. This research was conducted by using descriptive qualitative method, while for collecting the data were watching the movie several times, reading script movie and underlining female character's utterances containing the women's language features. From ten features of women's language, the researcher found nine features used by the female character in The Devil Wears Prada Movie. They are lexical hedges or fillers (7), tag question (3), rising intonation on declarative (2), empty adjectives (3), precious color term (1), intensifiers (10), super polite form (4), hypercorrect grammar (0), avoidance of strong swear words (3) and emphatic stress (3). Intensifiers are the most frequent women's language features used by female characters in The Devil Wears Prada movie because they want to emphasize or strengthen their utterances deeply to attract addressee's attention using intensifiers. Meanwhile, hypercorrect grammar did not occur in this research because the female characters mostly used informal language in their dialogue to shorten the gap among the characters. Then, there are language functions served by women's language found in female character's utterances in The Devil Wears Prada movie. They are expressive function, directive function and metalinguistic function.

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