Forms and Functions of Illocutionary Speech Acts in the Film The Imitation Game


  • Warsidi Warsidi Universitas Islam Makassar
  • Rasmawati Universitas Islam Makassar
  • Nur Muthmainnah Halim Universitas Islam Makassar



Form, Function, Illocutionary Speech Acts, The Imitation Game Film


This research aims to determine the forms of illocutionary speech acts contained in the film and to find out their functions using a qualitative method and Searle’s (1969) theory. To obtain data, the researchers watched the film while reading the scripts. The results of the analysis show five forms of illocutionary speech acts in the film The Imitation Game, namely the assertive, directive, commissive, expressive, and declarative forms. This finding indicates that illocutionary speech acts are always more inclined to orders in the directive form. This finding implies that the dialogues mostly contain a direction to do something about what the speaker says. Then, based on the form, fifteen functions of illocutionary speech acts were found in this film, including stating, complaining, reporting, ordering, begging, giving advice, asking, promising, offering something, blaming, congratulating, apologizing, thanking, praising and dismissing. This finding shows that humans, as social beings, always need the help of others to solve the problems they face. It is in accordance with the story from the film, where several characters in this film have tasks that are difficult to solve on their own, one of which is solving the Enigma code. Therefore, they ask a lot of help from co-workers to complete the tasks they face.


A’yuni, N. B. Q., & Parji, P. (2017). Tindak tutur ilokusi novel Surga Yang Tidak Dirindukan karya Asma Nadia (kajian pragmatik). Linguista: jurnal ilmiah bahasa, sastra, dan pembelajarannya, 1(1), 6-11.

Black, E. (2005). Pragmatic stylistics. Edinburgh University Press.

Dwijayanti, T. A., & Mujianto, G. (2021). Tindak Tutur Ilokusi Peserta Didik Dalam Pembelajaran Bahasa Indonesia Pada Smpn 1 Pujon. KREDO: Jurnal Ilmiah Bahasa dan Sastra, 5(1), 62-83.

Indira, G. P. (2020). Tindak Tutur Ilokusi dalam Dialog Film Merry Riana: Mimpi Sejuta Dolar UNIVERSITAS AIRLANGGA].

Krisnayuda, D. R. (2020). Bentuk dan fungsi tindak tutur ilokusi dalam dialog pedagang batik dengan calon pembeli di Pasar Beringharjo Yogyakarta September-Desember 2019 [Skripsi Thesis, Sanata Dharma University].

Raditya, R. (2014). Fungsi Tindak Tutur Ilokusi Direktif Dalam Film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children: Complete Brawijaya University].

Ratnasari, E. D., & Edel, E. E. (2017). The illocutionary acts in the novel “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. Jurnal Kata: Penelitian tentang Ilmu Bahasa dan Sastra, 1(1), 15-23.

Searle, J. R. (1969). Speech acts: An essay in the philosophy of language (Vol. 626). Cambridge university press.

Warsidi. (2022). Genre Analysis of English vs. Indonesian Application Letters. Journal of English Language Teaching and Linguistics, 7(2), 419-435.




How to Cite

Warsidi, W., Rasmawati, & Halim, N. M. (2023). Forms and Functions of Illocutionary Speech Acts in the Film The Imitation Game . ASHLITION : Ash-Shahabah English Literature, Linguistics, & Education, 1(1), 01–09.