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Selasa, 07 April 2015

Thesis Proposal Review

(Reviewer : Rusdin)

The Thesis Proposal Information:

Tittle                         : Spatial Demonstratives in Sasak
Researcher                : Sutarman
University                 : Mataram University Post Graduate
Advisors                    : 1. Prof. Drs. Nurachman Hanafi, M.A, Ph.D.
                                   2. Dr. Muhammad, Amin M. TESOL.
Amount of page        : 42 pages
In Academic Year     : 2014

A.   Introduction
This thesis proposal proposed by Sutarman the title is “Spatial Demonstratives in Sasak”. This study concerns with syntactic and pragmatic functions of demonstratives in Sasak. The thesis proposal was analysis in detail using of syntactic and pragmatic demonstratives in Sasak which is has been elaborate the syntactic categorizations of Sasak demonstratives in six dialects based on the theory proposed by Diessel and Dixon and to explain their pragmatic uses based on the recognitial use in Givenness hierarchy proposed by Gundel et al. The thesis proposal consists of 3 chapters, covers 42 pages including list of content, acknowledgement, and the list of references 23 items. In chapter I introduction which are consists of (a). Background of study, (b). Identification of the problems, (c). Limitation of the study, (d). Formulation of the research questions, (e). Objectives of the study, (f). Significance of the study. In this chapter of the thesis proposal (introduction) gives precise and sufficiently detailed review of fundamental terms used in the proposal thesis amplitude, phase, coupling etc. and discusses in detail problem and methods of determination of the phase on how the used of demonstratives by using two categories of syntactally and pragmatically.
In chapter II Theoretical Framework which is consists of (a). Review of related literature (1. Definition of Spatial Demonstratives, 2. Demonstratives across language, in English, Tebao, and in Akan), (b). Theoretical Framework of the study (1. The language and dialects of Sasak, 2. Syntactic view of Spatial Demonstratives, 3. Pragmatic View of Demonstratives). Chapter III Research Methods consists of (a). Setting and time, (b). Method and design, (c). Population and Sample, (d). Data Collection and (e). Data Analysis. In this chapter the researcher used appropriate theory to support the data finding based on the title. Three major theories are used Diessel (1999) and Dixon (2003) for syntactic analysis and Gundel et al (1993) for analysis of pragmatic used in spatial demonstratives in Sasak language.

B.   Background
In general, the writing of this thesis proposal tries to identification demonstratives, adverbial demonstratives, and verbal demonstratives in Sasak language. The language of Sasak is one of the biggest used by 3 million more of community in Lombok island. The Sasaknes not just in Lombok island but they are spread around neighbor island such as in the east lies Sumbawa island which is Sasaknes lived there with their own community particularly in Dompu regency there are big community of Sasaknes live in Lanci and they used their own language using many differences of dialect as was discussing in this thesis proposal. But this thesis proposal limit the sampling just on the island of Lombok but the other hand all of Sasaknes used the six dialects in this discussing.
Sasak language with its dialects has diverse demonstratives in every dialect and every dialect in Sasak language may have different kinds of spatial demonstratives. The current study of this proposal thesis is to investigate the syntactic and pragmatic use of demonstratives.

C.   Critical Analysis
Based on the researcher in using of the key terms of syntactic and pragmatic functions it can be solving the problem in demonstratives in Sasak language.  The researcher tries to bring two functions of demonstratives in Sasak language by using syntactic and pragmatic.
In the background of the study Sasak language have five dialects and each dialect has its own speech community as one variation may not be understood by another speech community. According to Mahyuni (2006) as the native speaker of Sasak language divided Sasak language into seven dialects but he is doubt because Sasak language seems to be very complex in terms of dialects. Meanwhile, Sutarman (2010) proposes that Sasak language may be divided into six dialects: meno-mene, ngeno-ngene, meriaq-meriku, nggeto-nggete, kuto-kete, and menu-meni. So, this study examines the spatial demonstratives of dialects in Sasak language based on six classifications of Sasak dialects proposed by Sutarman (2010).
1.     Straightness
a.     The researcher holds the entire topic about the spatial demonstratives Sasak used the syntactic and pragmatic functions.
b.     This thesis proposal is comprehensive and easy to follow. 
2.     Weaknesses 
a.     Little references used in the background of the study, so only one and half page covered.
b.     Not all of the dialect of Sasak is covered as the native speaker researcher (Mahyuni, 2006) divide into seven dialects, but in this thesis proposal covered only six dialects divided.
c.      Only two theories used of native language of Sasak (Mahyuni, 2006 and Sutarman, 2010).

D.   Comment
This thesis proposal is an appropriate length for a master thesis, and can be restructured to conform with the expectations of such report, e.g. by adding a methods section. The study objections were ambitious, and the researcher does demonstrate knowledge of a range sociological thinking. The use of syntactic and pragmatic functions of demonstrative in Sasak should be justified, and it needs more elaboration in the theoretical section.
In technical issues the table of contents is not consistent with actual page numbers in the manuscript, and section headings not consistently used. For example, the methods section that starts on page 38 is list on the table of contents 39. For another example, in the manuscript in every heading of chapter used capital letter rather than numbering (1, 2, or 3 etc.).

E.   Conclusion
The researcher of this thesis proposal has demonstrated the ability to work indecently and creatively in the specific field. The thesis proposal meets the standard requirements imposed on the thesis result in the field later.