Expression Speech Act of Tun Dr. Mahathir: A Case Study Toward 40 Articles of Chedet.cc
This study focuses on one of the categories of speech act introduced by Searle (1969), namely, the expression of speech act. This category is utterances that convey psychological statements that reflect the attitude and feelings of the speakers. This study analyzed the utterances in the 40 articles of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s criticism towards the 1MDB issue. Through this study, five categories of speech act have been identified, namely statement, criticism, referential, direction, and expression. However, this research focused on the expression category. The analysis found that the expression recorded the lowest number of utterances compared to the other category speech act, the total number are 20 utterances. Statement category speech act was the highest frequency, with a total frequency of 1302 utterance, followed by criticism at second place with a frequency of 828. Referential and direction speech act was 297 and 128 utterance respectively. This indicates that Tun Dr. Mahathir criticized the issue without prioritizing the expression of feelings or emotions. There are seven subcategories of expression speech act, namely worry, wonder, congratulations, wishes, refusal, apologies, and thanks. It concludes that in the criticism, especially the written criticism, Tun Dr. Mahathir did not show excessive expression of emotion.