Semantic structure of Balinese process verbs


  • I Nengah Sudipa Faculty of Humanities, Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia
  • I Nyoman Weda Kusuma Faculty of Humanities, Udayana University, Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Made Henra Dwikarmawan Sudipa Faculty of Foreign Languages, Mahasaraswati University, Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Komang Dian Puspita Candra Faculty of Foreign Languages, Mahasaraswati University, Denpasar, Indonesia


emphazes, quality combined direction, sayan, tiis


Among the three divisions of Verb, the process verb is existing between the state and the action verbs. Since the position is between both other verbs, the article is aimed at analyzing the meaning of Process Verb with Balinese data. The data was collected from two sources, the oral data is from the verification of the key-informen in two regencies in Bali, namely Gianyar and Jembrana. The written ones were collected from four Balinese short stories’ collection by observation and note-taking techniques. The collected data was further analyzed by the theory of Natural Semantic Metalanguage, applying the mapping of meaning configuration and explication. The result shows that there are two types of Balinese process verbs : (i) type of happen and (ii) type of movement. Each type is further subdivided into several sections with the examples taken from the field research. From the analysis, it turns out that there are two findings significantly discussed. They are (i) the lexicon tiis ‘becoming drier and drier’ consisting of two elements at once namely quality with a combination of direction, (ii) the Balinese process verb can be preceded by lexicon sayan ‘getting more or less..’ in terms of giving more meaning emphazes.


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Sudipa, I. N., Kusuma, I. N. W., Sudipa, M. H. D., & Candra, K. D. P. (2021). Semantic structure of Balinese process verbs. Linguistics and Culture Review, 5(S4), 183-202.



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