• A. Djawad Mubasyir Universitas Indraprasta PGRI
Keywords: ellipsis, translation, translator


Ellipsis may be claimed as a very dominant characteristic of Indonesian, but, ironically enough, very little is known about the exact nature of its occurrence in the language. It may be expected that translating a text from English to Indonesian and vice versa may almost impossibly be carried out literally because of the different ways ellipsis operates in both languages. The aims of the study are (1) to identify which elements of meaning(s) in a message or in any smaller unit of meaning  is/are left unsaid, by analysing the lexicon-grammatical forms being used to realise the meanings (2) to identify whether ellipsis occurs in different frequency in written and spontaneous spoken texts in Indonesian (3) to conduct a contrastive analysis between English ellipsis (according to Halliday and Hasan, 1976) and Indonesian ellipsis related to the findings of the present study. This study reports an overview of recent literature on ellipsis phenomena in natural language, knowledge of constrains on ellipsis construction in Indonesian. It can be concluded that the types and frequency of Indonesian ellipsis may be held true only as far as the data in the present study are concerned. The study has identified six types of ellipsis in Indonesian. In terms of types and the underlying principles of their operation, Indonesian ellipsis may be seen as a very different system from English ellipsis that may have a significant implication for translation from English to Indonesian and vice versa.


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