The objective of this article is to analyze language techniques in the anthology of short stories, “Klang Phung Phae Lang Hak (Amidst a Herd of Broken-backed Goats)” by Ummisalam Umar consisting of 10 short stories: Phu Tong Songsai (Eyes of a Child), Foon ( Dust), Nithan Khong Pho (Daddy’s tales), Klang Phung Phae (Amidst a heard of goats), Phi Chai (Older Brother), Kai Lud Khok (Let Loose Chicken), Ya (Grandma), Luang (Cheating), Khuamtai Nai Duean Ramadan (Death in the Ramadan Month, and Phae Lang Hak (Broken-back Goats). Data were collected from documents and results were presented through descriptive analysis.
“Klang Phung Phae Lang Hak (Amidst a Herd of Broken-backed Goats)” is an anthology of short stories by a Muslim female writer nominated for the 2017 S.E.A Write Award (Southeast Asian Writers Award). Its outstanding language features are created by blending emotional aspects resulting from characters’ fate that make them realistic. Three major language techniques found are: 1) Word usage consisting of words with direct meanings and words with implications; 2) Use of figurative language consisting of simile, metaphor, and symbol; and 3) Usage of sentences consisting of affirmative, negative, interrogative, and imperative sentences. It can be said that the value of language techniques used in this anthology is how the writer presents literary value to reflect social value creatively and cleverly with unity.
Sanma Rattanayium, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Montri Meenium, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Stream: Literature and language learning
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