Proceedings of the 2nd International Seminar on Translation Studies, Applied Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies, STRUKTURAL 2020, 30 December 2020, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Linguistic Signs and Meanings between Material and Relational Processes in Cyber-based Interactive Responses towards the Transgenderism Issue: A Semiotic and SFL Perspective

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.30-12-2020.2311283,
        author={Marsandi  Manar and Aceng Ruhendi Saifullah and Dadang  Sudana},
        title={Linguistic Signs and Meanings between Material and Relational Processes in Cyber-based Interactive Responses towards the Transgenderism Issue: A Semiotic and SFL Perspective},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 2nd International Seminar on Translation Studies, Applied Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies, STRUKTURAL 2020, 30 December 2020, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={STRUKTURAL},
        year={2021},
        month={9},
        keywords={linguistic signs meanings material process relational process transgender issue interactive cyber media semiotic sfl},
        doi={10.4108/eai.30-12-2020.2311283}
    }
    
  • Marsandi Manar
    Aceng Ruhendi Saifullah
    Dadang Sudana
    Year: 2021
    Linguistic Signs and Meanings between Material and Relational Processes in Cyber-based Interactive Responses towards the Transgenderism Issue: A Semiotic and SFL Perspective
    STRUKTURAL
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.30-12-2020.2311283
Marsandi Manar1,*, Aceng Ruhendi Saifullah1, Dadang Sudana1
  • 1: Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
*Contact email: manaryana_dianmaya@yahoo.co.id

Abstract

This SFL and semiotic study scrutinizes the linguistic signs and meanings built in the interactive comments responding to a suspected transgenderism issue of post genital reconstruction surgery of an Indonesian celebrity that has been viral on YouTube. Specifically, this study limits the focus of its analysis on material and relational processes. 144 comments in Indonesian towards a YouTube video of more than 2 million views were analyzed for their transitivity of material and relational processes by employing the tables of analysis adapted from Halliday’s experiential meaning framework. Then the analyzed constituents of transitivity were further interpreted based on the categorization of linguistic signs built by responders. Findings of this study reveal that responders in cyber media employed similar and different functional strategies in building signs and meanings towards the taboo and sensitive transgender issue in the Indonesian context, as shown by the evidences of scrutiny on the linguistic features.