A comparative study of editorials in the new york times and arab news related to the civil conflict in Indonesia and Sri Lanka after the tragedy of tsunami (an analysis based on systemic functional linguistics)

Oleh :
Yanuar Ihtiyarso - C0300066 - Fak. Sastra dan Seni Rupa

ABSTRACT This research is a descriptive qualitative research. The objective of the research is to describe the ideology and genre of those two texts that is determined in lexicogrammar, cohesion and text structure. The research is conducted through Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). The sources of data in this research were the editorials in the Arab News published on 9th January 2005 and the New York Times published on 8th January 2005. The data taken were chosen by applying total sampling, meaning the entire sample provided were used as the data. In conducting the research, the researcher analyzed the data based on register, genre and ideologies. The analysis was based on the lexicogrammar feature and the text structure to help the identification of the genre. Then the data descriptions are interpreted. The interpretation guided the researcher to describe the genre and the ideology of those two texts. The result of the analysis shows that the writer of both texts employ discussion genre with the statement of issue, arguments from different sides, conclusion and some recommendations as the optional one. The writers’ ideology of both texts are left protagonist since the writer challenges the issue in collaboration with the discussion genre. After concluding, the researcher also gives some recommendations to the other students who are interested in SFL student, other researchers, readers, writers of the editorials, and editors of publishers for the sake of the beneficial of the thesis writing.