‘Hey, Jude! I Wanna Hold Your Hand’: Transitivity Process Analysis on Popular Songs by The Beatles

Shamsul, Harbi and Mohd Shafiq, Abdul Jabar and Alia Najaa, Md Nor and Nursyaheedah, Muhammad Isa (2019) ‘Hey, Jude! I Wanna Hold Your Hand’: Transitivity Process Analysis on Popular Songs by The Beatles. International Journal of Language Education and Applied Linguistics (IJLEAL), 9 (1). pp. 45-54. ISSN 2289-7208 (print); 2289-9294 (online). (Published)

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Needless to say, The Beatles is the most popular rock band in the world. Their huge popularity has sparked a phenomenon known as ‘Beatlemania’. In 2001, the Guinness World Records acknowledged The Beatles as the best-selling group for their achievement for selling more than 1 billion units worldwide. Thus, this paper attempts to reveal how language is used in widely recognized songs by The Beatles from the transitivity perspective, primarily, the process. Halliday (1994) proposes six different transitivity processes which are material, mental, relational, verbal, behavioral and existential. Ten popular songs by The Beatles are selected in this study. Unlike other prior studies done on transitivity to various types of literature, this study is different due to its unique data set which is The Beatles’ popular songs. By focusing on the process according to the different types of processes in the experiential metafunction, this study reveals how The Beatles employs different processes in their lyrical writing of their popular songs in order to communicate their experiences of the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metafunction; The Beatles; Transitivity process; Systemic Functional Grammar
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 04:24
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 04:24
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/25021
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