The Appropriacy of Discourse Markers Used in Psychology Department Students’ Conversations

  • Dina Novita Wijayanti English Education Department of Muria Kudus University
  • Fatmawati Fatmawati STKIP Santu Paulus
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The objective of the study was to explain the appropriacy of discourse markers used in Psychology department students conversations in Muria Kudus University. The study used descriptive qualitative approach in the form of discourse analysis. The researchers were interested in analyzing it because in some cases, when the students want to express their ideas in conversation, they unfortunately sometimes do not know how to respond to speakers question especially if they doubt or are confused what to say. To fill the empty space before  a certain speaker decides what to say, they  can use discourse markers such as and, but, because, so, now, then, oh, well, you know, I mean. There were 8 students who became the subjects of the study. They conducted the conversations in pairs for 20 minutes for each .There were 92 appropriate discourse markers and 22 inappropriate ones found in their conversations. It means the appropriacy of discourse markers used in the conversations of second semester of  psychology department students is four times higher than the inappropriacy ones. Therefore, it can be inferred that the level of appropriacy of discourse markers used in the conversations was high.




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