Paulus Yanuar Kharismawan


This study deals with the production of fillers used in Barack Obama’s speeches. This study is to investigate the types and functions of fillers used by Barack Obama. The study seeks to answer two research questions: (1) what are the types of fillers in Barack Obama’s speeches? and (2) What are the functions of fillers in Barack Obama’s speeches? In order to answer these problems, the researcher applied Rose’s (1998) theory on the types of fillers which combined with similar notions on the types and functions of fillers which taken from Stenström (1994) and Baalen (2001). This study adopted a descriptive qualitative approach which used a discourse analysis to conduct this study. This study aims to introduce the types and the functions of fillers and to increase the learners’ awareness of fillers when they hesitate in the foreign language, which is actually the very nature of speaking.



filler, types of fillers, functions of filler, Barack Obama

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