Purbo Kusumastuti


Abstract: Until today, studies on sociolinguistics which are focusing on the discussion of gender and language have been highlighting the issue of how males and females use language differently. The highlight is, particularly, females use more inferior language than males in many cases. As in this digital era, the discussion about that issue has been touching on the new genre of literature – fanfictions. One of the most popular theme in fanfictions is yaoi or gay which means a fanfiction with a love story between boys which portrays the masculine and feminine sides of male characters. As in the Deficit theory by Lakoff (1975) shows that females tend to have inferior language than males, it is interesting to find out whether there are some differences in yaoi fanfictions. Related to that, this paper discussed about the differences of the language use by feminine male characters and female characters by exploring the use of exaggeration expressions – empty adjectives, italic expressions, and hyperboles in two famous fanfictions "Love and War" & "Foul for You" from a famous fanfiction platform – Asianfanfics. The result of this paper shows that the Deficit theory by Lakoff (1975) is still present in the language use of the characters analyzed.


gender; fanfiction; yaoi

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