Errors of conjunctions in discussion texts

Adiyanti, Thresia Kadek (2017) Errors of conjunctions in discussion texts. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.


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English is an important language which can be used everywhere for communication; that’s why English is an International language. There are four language skills in English which are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Writing is one of the skills which can express students’ thoughts, ideas, and creativities into something which can give us information. A good writing skill requires the ability to construct a cohesive and coherent text. In order to create a passage cohesive, we need to use conjunctions to conjunct words, phrases, clauses and sentences which can make a more inclusive whole of the passage. However, there are some students who are still confused to combine their sentences using the right conjunctions. Thus, the writer is interested to find out the types of conjunctions erroneously made by the students in their discussion texts. In this study the writer used the theory of conjunctions by Halliday and Hasan (1976) which divided conjunctions into four types: Additive, Adversative, Causal and Temporal. This is a descriptive study about error analysis which is a part of non experimental study. After analyzing 50 students’ exam papers from 3 Writing-IV classes, it was finally discovered that the total number of conjunctions used was 667 with additive conjunctions as the most conjunctions with the total of 237 or 35.54%, followed by causal conjunctions with the total of 167 or 25.03%. The third was temporal conjunctions with the total of 136 or 20.38%. Adversative conjunctions were the fourth with the total of 127 or 19.05%. The writer also found that the most frequently used wrong conjunctions were addictive conjunctions which occurred 99 times or 41.78% and then followed by adversative conjunctions which occurred 40 times or 31.50%., followed by causal conjunctions which occurred 22 times or 13.18% in the students’ discussion text. Here, the writer did not find the errors of temporal conjunctions in students’ discussion text writing. It means that temporal conjunctions were 100% rightly used.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Faculty of Teacher Training and Education" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Errors, conjunctions, discussion text
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: Thresia Kadek Adiyanti
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 01:44
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 01:44

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