Morphosyntactic Features of Membuat ‘Make’ in the Light Verb Constructions of Indonesian


  •   Danang Satria Nugraha


Light verb constructions (LVCs) are verbs that have an idiomatic-like sense that can be interpreted from their noun-part of construction. Based on the morphosyntactic presentation, the LVCs have been construed by using verbs and nouns. This study aimed to identify and describe the morphosyntactic features of LVCs in Indonesian, namely the membuat ‘make’ marker construction. The data had been retrieved from three reputable corpora, i.e., LCCI (Liepzig Corpora Collection-Indonesian), SEAlang (SEAlang Library Indonesian Text Corpus), and KBBI (Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia). The analysis has been done using immediate constituent analysis (ICA). The results provided the following three folds. First, the verb membuat ‘make’ in Indonesian LVCs tends to construct the ACTIVE type of LVCs. Second, the verb membuat ‘make’ in Indonesian LVCs tends to produce the TRANSITIVE type of LVCs. Third, the verb membuat ‘make’ in Indonesian LVCs tends to characterize LVCs as the non-valency-changing verb.

Keywords: Indonesian, light verb constructions, morphosyntactic feature, verb membuat ‘make’


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How to Cite
Nugraha, D. S. (2023). Morphosyntactic Features of Membuat ‘Make’ in the Light Verb Constructions of Indonesian. European Journal of Language and Culture Studies, 2(2), 33–43.