Students’ Fillers in Short Speeches: A Study at the Fourth Semester of the English Education Study Program of Universitas Bengkulu


  • Rezky Atri Oktarin University of Bengkulu


Fillers, short speech


This research concerns in Fillers usage based on Rose’s theory (1994) for types of fillers, and Baleen and Strenstroms’ theory (2011) in functions of fillers. This research was designed as a descriptive qualitative research. The aim of this research was to find the fillers usage at the Fourth Semester of the English Education Study Program of Universitas Bengkulu. There were 16 subject of this research. In this research, the researcher identified the utterance from each student by using observation checklist. The results of this study showed that all of the students use fillers in their short speech. In this research the researcher found several uncategorized types of fillers because the fillers that appear cannot be classified neither lexicalized nor unlexicalized fillers the example of they is ‘’I want to learn’’. It happens because those uncategorized fillers are not phrases as the definition of lexicalized or unlexicalized filler. The researcher also found the function of fillers that the students use. Those functions are hesitating, empathizing, editing term, and time-creating devices. The researcher sure that this study can  give contributions for the fillers information to the reader especially for the students of English Department Study Program of Universitas Bengkulu because almost all the students who researcher ask about fillers do not know what is fillers itself.



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