SKRIPSI Jurusan Sastra Inggris - Fakultas Sastra UM, 2017

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Non-Standard Negation Don’t With Third Person Subjects in Popular West Songs

Aviv Uswatun Khasanah




This study seeks to analyze the use of non-standard negation don’t with third person subjects (e.g. it don’t, he/she don’t) found in the lyrics of popular west songs in a decade time. The songs are based on Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart taken from 2006 to 2015. The methods used in this study is both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Mix methods are used because the study involves collecting, analyzing, and integrating quantitative and qualitative study which provides depth and comprehensive understanding of the research problem from different angles.

Findings indicate that there are 117 popular west songs containing don’t with third person subjects which seems to prove that this negation has a possibility to influence English language to change through time. From the songs, other singular seems to become a trend towards third person subjects use followed by don’t. Meanwhile, hip-hop becomes the genre that dominates the popular west song lyrics. Furthermore, male’s songwriters behave significantly from the rest of the genders (female and collaborative of male and female). In general, the data fluctuate year to year indicating some implicated meanings related to external factors such as the popularity of the songs, trend towards non-standard forms, and even economic motive.


This study also investigates ten song video clips from certain years that have the biggest and smallest numbers of songs that contain the non-standard negation don’t with third person subjects in a decade as well as provide the identification of the genres of the songs and the gender of songwriters. The analysis of the ten songs is also based on the factors that have been discussed by Holmes (2001). They are the participants, the setting or social context of the interaction, the topic, and the function. Moreover, the results provide a discussion of rebellion motive as well as the background of songwriters which become possible reasons why don’t with third person subject is used in the songs. Finally, this study can be used to make speakers especially young people as well as students of English to be more aware of the use of this non-standard form in popular west songs. In addition, this study can be used as a new reference for future researchers to conduct other research of this kind considering that apparently only very few researchers have studied about this issue and none of them use song lyrics as the data.