A Pragmatic Study on The Illocutionary Force of Expressive Utterances in “The King’s Speech” Movie Transcript

Bayu Retnowati Putri Nurhandayani, Suparno Suparno


This is a descriptive qualitative research. The goals of this research are, (1) to describe the contexts of expressive utterances that are used by the characters of the movie entitled “The King’s Speech”, (2) to explain the illocutionary forces of expressive utterances used by the characters of the movie entitled “The King’s Speech”. The data of this research are expressive utterances taken from “The King’s Speech” movie transcript. The researcher found 55 data of expressive utterances in the transcript. In classifying the kinds of expressive utterances, the researcher refers to Leech and Cutting’s theory. And in explaining the illocutionary forces of the utterances employed by the characters in the movie, the researcher used Thomas’ concept of illocutionary forces. The results of this research are: (1) there are four kinds of expressive utterances that are used in  “The King’s Speech” film transcript, made up of declaratives (30%), interrogatives (2.5%), imperatives (5%) and ellipsis (62.5%), (2) The function of expressive utterances found in “The King’s Speech” film transcript were divided into four categories: apologizing that covers eleven data (27.5%), eleven data of congratulating (27.5%), ten data of thanking (25%) and the rest is eight data of welcoming (20%).


Pragmatics; speech act; illocution; expressive

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