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ISSN 2301-5837

Vol. 5 / No. 2 / Published : 2016-08

TOC : 1, and page :82 - 90

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Original Article :

‘to hide or not to hide’: an appraisal analysis on young homosexuals’ coming out stories in

Author :

  1. Bontisesari*1
  2. Nurul Fitri Hapsari*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

The study aimed to examine the linguistic markers on Coming-Out stories produced by young homosexuals, and how the markers are functioned to construct the writers’ sexual identity in the context of heteronormative society. As one of the most established websites in Indonesia for homosexuals to publish their personal stories, is utilized as the source of data in this study. By adopting qualitative method and purposive sampling, there were two articles identified and classified based on the Appraisal theory i.e. Attitude system consisting of Affect, Judgment and Appreciation in reference to the theory proposed by Martin & White. As the results of the study, there were 299 Attitude markers identified through-out the two articles with the composition of Judgment (50.4%) as the most frequent, followed by Affect (30%) and Appreciation (19.6%). It is revealed that the Attitude markers had managed to contribute in the way young homosexuals as the minority group construct their sexual identity by presenting both positive and negative stances through their stories. The construction signifies the struggles faced by the youngsters in achieving self-acceptance both from themselves and their surroundings as the primary outcome of Coming-Out process, which is represented by the dominant occurrence of positive Attitude markers

Keyword :

appraisal analysis, coming-out, homosexuality, narrative, sexual identity ,

References :

  1. Cameron, D., & Kulick, D., (2003). Language and Sexuality. - : Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  2. Martin, J. R., & R.White, P. R., (2005). The Language of Evaluation: Appraisal in English. - : New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  3. Wagner, S. E., (2012). Age Grading in Sociolinguistic Theory. 371-382 : Language and Linguistic Compass


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