A Morphological Analysis of Slang Words Used by Characters in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Movie

Norah BEN Tubagus,, Siti Suharsih, Rahman Hakim

Abstract


The purpose of the current study, entitled "A Morphological Analysis of Slang Words Used by Characters in Ralph Breaks the Internet," is to discover the morphological processes of constructing slang words and the meaning of the found slang words used by the movie characters. A descriptive qualitative approach with a content analysis strategy was utilized in this study. The data was gathered by the researcher using movie transcript and categorizing the slang words based on documentation guidelines. The data was obtained from the animated movie "Ralph Breaks the Internet" which has been released on November 23, 2018. The research has revealed 42 slang words that were classified into different morphological processes, included compound (14,28%), clipping (11,90%), blending(14,28%), affixations (16,66%), reduplicative (7,14%), backformation(2,4%), abbreviation(2,4%), conversion(4,76%), alternation (14,28%), extension(4,76%) and word manufacture (7,14%). The findings showed that the meaning of some slang words has been changed by a specific morphological process to alter their original meaning. some slang terms have preserved the original meaning despite the changes in their spelling. although, some slang words had been reduced or abbreviated but they retained their original meaning. also, certain slang words have derived their word category, which results on modifying their meaning. However, many slang words had different meanings depending on its contexts.

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