Indigenization of Thesis Acknowledgement in English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia

Agustninus Ngadiman


This study is an attempt of investigating the rhetoric of thesis
acknowledgement by English Department Students. Data of this study are
composed of 200 students’ thesis acknowledgements written over a period
of ten years (1997-2007). The Thesis acknowledgements (TAs) were
collected solely from the English Department of Widya Mandala Chatolic
University. The study shows that the students’ TAs (a) are colored with
various kinds of formulaic expression, Grice’s maxim flouting, and
parallel syntactic construction, (2) employ Hierarchical Pattern of
gratitude expression, and circular or repetitive patterns of thought.

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