Language expression and cognitive dissonance of Indonesian millennials in delivering ironical tweets

Andani, Reto Putri and Indah, Rohmani Nur Language expression and cognitive dissonance of Indonesian millennials in delivering ironical tweets. Presented at 1st International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Social Sciences (ICONETOS), 10-12 Oct 2019, Malang, Indonesia.

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This paper investigates the use of language expression and cognitive dissonance in the tweets by Indonesian millennials in delivering ironical responses. It identifies the type of language expressions used by ten young male and female users in Indonesian Twitter. The analysis employed the theory of language expressions proposed by Gibbs (2000) and Festinger's theory on cognitive dissonance (1957). The data were collected from the tweets in February 2019. The results show that the language expressions used by young male and female users were different in delivering the ironical responses. The male users tend to use jocularity expression while female use sarcasm. On cognitive dissonance, Indonesian millennials prefer disagreement to make an excuse from what they believe in as an effort to make their idea acceptable by others. Further studies are recommended to investigate another type of language expression such as the use of hyperbole in delivering ironical responses in social media.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: cognitive dissonance; ironical responses; language expression; pragmatics; Twitter
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr. Rohmani Nur Indah
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 21:30


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