• Pijar Piscesco Universitas Putera Batam (UPB)
  • Afriana Universitas Putera Batam
Keywords: expressive act, illocutionary act, pragmatics, speech act


This descriptive qualitative study identified the expressive acts in Bohemian Rhapsody movie 2018. The theory from Martinez (2013) was utilized to examine the different types of expressive acts in the data source. Then, an observational approach and a non-participation technique were used to collect data for this research. The data was then evaluated using two methods. Those were pragmatic identity and pragmatic competence in equalizing. The researchers discovered 15 utterances that made by the characters in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Based on the character’s utterances, there were 5 different types of expressive acts. There were 2 acts that indicated the congratulating, 5 acts that indicated the thanking, 4 acts that indicated the apologizing, 1 act that indicated the condoling, and 3 acts that indicated the boasting.  Furthermore, among the 15 utterances that had been discovered, the act of thanking became the most prominent among the other types of expressive acts.

Author Biography

Afriana, Universitas Putera Batam

English Literature Department


Alston, W. P. (2000). Illocutionary acts and sentence meaning. Cornell University Press.
Anggraeni, Y., Indrayani, L. M., & Soemantri, Y. S. (2020). The expressive speech act on Ridwan Kamil’s comments in instagram posting about first covid-19 case in Indonesia. Journal of English Education and Teaching (JEET), 4(3), 18. https://ejournal.unib.ac.id/index.php/JEET/article/view/11612
BBC.com. (2021). Full transcript of Joe Biden’s inauguration speech. Www.Bbc.Com. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55656824
Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (Fifth Edit). SAGE Publications.
Herawati, A. (2019). Expressive speech act of character Marie Adler in netflix series unbelievable: a pragmatic analysis. National Seminars on Culture, Arts, Language and Literature, 01(01), 5. https://bsa.uinsgd.ac.id/nsocall/index.php/proceedings/article/view/25
Martinez, N. D. C. (2013). Illocutionary constructions in English: Cognitive motivation and linguistic realization. In Illocutionary constructions in English: Cognitive motivation and linguistic realization. Peter Lang. https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-0351-0642-8
Royanti. (2019). Expressive speech act as found on La La Land movie. INOVISH JOURNAL, 04(02), 10. http://ejournal.polbeng.ac.id/index.php/IJ/article/view/1162
Searle, J. R. (1979). Expression and meaning : studies in the theory of speech acts. Cambridge University Press.
Sirwan, L. B., & Yulia, Y. (2017). An analysis of expressive speech acts used by Steve Rogers as the main character in civil war movie. Journal of English Language and Language Teaching (JELLT), 01(02), 7. https://jurnal.ustjogja.ac.id/index.php/JELLT/article/view/1873
Sudaryanto. (2015). Metode dan aneka teknik analisis bahasa. Duta Wacana University Press.
Sugianto, A., & Abdullah, W. (2018). Bombongan: expressive speech act ethnic Java of Panaragan in the art of reyog. Dvances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research, 166(04), 3. http://eprints.umpo.ac.id/6257/1/7. Bombongan Expressive Speech Act Ethnic Java of.pdf
Supri, I. Z., & Rahmatiany, R. (2021). Investigating the types and strategies of expressive illocutionary acts. Turkish Journal of Computer and Mathematics Education, 12(08), 5. https://turcomat.org/index.php/turkbilmat/article/view/2815
Suryanti, & Afriana. (2020). An analysis of directive speech acts in “Cinderella” movie. SCIENTIA JOURNAL : Jurnal Ilmiah Mahasiswa, 02(01), 8. http://ejournal.upbatam.ac.id/index.php/scientia_journal/article/view/2004
Widyowati, N. (2019). An analysis of the expressive speech acts used by John and Savannah as the main characters in dear John movie. JELLT, 03(01), 9. https://core.ac.uk/reader/230378650
How to Cite
Piscesco, P., & Afriana. (2022). TYPES OF EXPRESSIVE ACTS IN BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY MOVIE 2018. EJI (English Journal of Indragiri) : Studies in Education, Literature, and Linguistics, 6(1), 86 - 96. https://doi.org/10.32520/eji.v6i1.1819
Abstract viewed = 14 times
PDF downloaded = 10 times