Diana Achmad, Ira Mastura, Dini Hanifa


This qualitative research aims to reveal the word formation of Alay words. The researchers collected 323 words used by 20 female students of FKIP Bahasa Inggris Unsyiah (English Program on Teacher Training and Education Faculty, Universitas Syiah Kuala) through BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). All words were analyzed and categorized based on Yule’s (2006) Words Formation Process: coinage, borrowing, compounding, blending, clipping, back formation, conversion, acronyms, and derivation. The results showed that female students tend to update status in BBM by using derivation and clipping because they have a style of writing creatively in daily communication. They rarely used coinage and conversion because they like only a few words so that coinage and conversion are very low. It is also interesting to find out that users update status and chats can create new words. Finally, the results of this study offers a phenomena that arises communication via BBM which can be the source for future research on the same field.


Alay words; Word Formation Process; BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)

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