Semantic Analysis of Contextual Meaning in Dialogue of “The Ugly Duckling” Short Story

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Nguyen Van Thao
Meliana Regita Sinaga


This research explains about contextual meaning. Contextual meaning is meaning based on the context. But the researcher has limited the research in scope of the contextual meaning in dialogue of a short story so that the objective of this research is to find out the contextual meaning in the dialogue of The Ugly Duckling short story. This research uses descriptive qualitative research design where the researcher explains this research based on the library books descriptively. The data source of this research is taken from the internet about the short story that has the dialogue. After finding the short stories, the researchers collected it as document to be analyzed. Then, the researchers analyzed the dialogue of the short story in several steps such as reading the dialogue, finding the meaning, identifying the meaning, categorizing the meaning, analyzing the meaning, and making the conclusion. The finding of this research is from 23 sentences in the dialogue of The Ugly Duckling short story, there are 8 sentences that used contextual meaning. Most of the eight sentences used the context of situation in the story so that it influences the meaning.


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Thao, N. V. ., Sinaga, M. R. ., & Herman. (2021). Semantic Analysis of Contextual Meaning in Dialogue of “The Ugly Duckling” Short Story. Asia Social Issues, 14(2), Article 239940 (7 pages). Retrieved from
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