Clause Analysis Through The Use of Theme-Rheme in Probing the User's Privacy Violations in Google's User Privacy Policy Agreement: A Forensic Linguistics Research

Sabtra, Lesmana (2021) Clause Analysis Through The Use of Theme-Rheme in Probing the User's Privacy Violations in Google's User Privacy Policy Agreement: A Forensic Linguistics Research. Masters thesis, Universitas Andalas.

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This research constitutes a mixture of multidisciplinary between linguistics with forensics. It represents the clause analysis through the use of theme-rheme in probing the user's privacy violations in Google's user privacy policy agreement: a forensic linguistics research. It is aimed (1) to identify the process of forming the construction of Theme and Rheme on the Google’s Privacy Policy’s clauses, (2) to reveal and explain the violations conducted by Google to its user privacy which is implied through its text agreement by analyzing it with Theme and Rheme focus. This qualitative research is done by applying the documentation recording method in collecting data and the Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics theory specifically theme-rheme. The result of the data is presented in the table analysis and in the form of descriptive interpretation. The result showed that Google build its clauses with the 4 types of theme construction. From 73 analyzed clauses, the dominantly built clause is the single constituent with marked theme where “We” is the mostly occurred subject with 31 occurences. Yet, Google applied unmarked theme mosty in their 38 clauses. With this dominant occurences of “We”, Google construe its existence as the authority holders of the whole agreement. With the application of unmarked theme, Google represent its overt firmness about the subject mentioned. The researcher found that similar finite predicator appeared repeatedly such “collect” and “use” in building its clauses. These constitute Google’s strategy in order to force the user’s permission to let Google freely access their privacy. In addition, the operation of the conjunction “And” as the marked theme, extention, expansion and exemplificatory constituents represent the plentiful request of Google related to its user’s information. Those summarized the violation conducted by Google to its user’s privacy through privacy policy agreement. The theme-rheme analysis will give insight for most Google’s user and other researcher whose focus on analyzing language evidence for legal context and stimulate forensic linguistic development. The researcher is optimistic that from further research into the application of Systemic Functional Linguistics will emerge a more complete understanding to identify the misleading statement.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Primary Supervisor: DR. Sawirman, M.Hum
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keyword: clause, constituent, forensic-linguistics, misleading-statement, privacy, rheme, theme, violation
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Pascasarjana (S2)
Depositing User: s2 ilmu linguistik
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2022 03:21
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 03:21

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