Transitional signals encountered in the discussion texts written by the 5Th semester students of the English Department of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya

Putri, Ayu Raja (2012) Transitional signals encountered in the discussion texts written by the 5Th semester students of the English Department of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

Wiener (1981) states that transitional signals are connectors between statements or ideas in paragraphs. This study focuses on the use transitional signals in discussion texts. It is qualitative in nature. The writer analyzed 18 discussion texts written by the 5th semester Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University of the academic year of 2008/2009 and found: 1. 75 transitional signal and 8 types of transitional signals encountered in the discussion texts. 2. The transitional signals most frequently used is because which appears 48 times (21,23%). 3. The type of transitional signals are used in the discussion texts are addition, conclusion, contrast, comparison, emphasis, example,reason/premise, and result. 4. The type of transitional signals which is most frequently used in the texts analyzed is reason/premise which appears 62 times (27 ,07%) followed by contrast which appears 4 7 times (20 ,52%) and the rest signals appear between 4,80% and 15,72%. 5. The type of transitional signals most frequently used in arguments for the issue in discussion texts is reason/premise which appears 23 times (21 ,49%) followed by conclusion and result signals which appear 8 times (1,86%) and the rest signals appear between 0,93% and 5,60%. 6. The type oftransitional signals most frequently used in arguments against the issue is reason premise, it appears 25 times (23,80%) followed by contrast which appears 15 times (14,28%) and the rest signals appear between 0,95% and 7,61 %. 7. The transitional signals which is mostly used as a bridge between as arguments for and arguments against the issue is, On the other hand. It appears 3 times (42.85%) followed by but, although, for some other people, they think that. .. , other against those arguments ... which appear 1 time (14,28%). Based on the findings above, the writer concludes that from 18 discussion essay, there are only 7 discussion essay that used transitional signals as a bridge between the arguments for and the arguments against the issue and the signals are On the other hand, But, Although. For some other people think .. , Others against those arguments. In line with these findings, some suggestions are given: 1. The lecturers of Writing IV teach various types of transitional signals in discussion text and how to use them in organizing their ideas. 2. The fifth semester students who are taking Writing IV should read more the example of discussion texts and more creative in using transitional signals. 3. A further study about transitional signals, which is particularly concerned with the appropriateness of transitional signals in discussion texts.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Faculty of Teacher Training and Education" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discussion texts, transitional signals
Subjects: English Education > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: Users 33 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 06:28
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 05:23
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/979

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