Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Language, Education, Humanities, and Innovation 2017

The Qualifier of Anyone and Anything: A Systemic Functional Linguistic Approach

Eva Tuckyta Sari Sujatna

Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia


Many research has been discussing the use of the word anyone and anything in English. This research as a preliminary study tries to figure out the qualifier of the word anyone and anything in English. This study investigated the types of the qualifier which are embedded in the head anyone and anything in a nominal group. The approach applied in this research is Systemic Functional Linguistics which is introduced by Halliday in his first well-known book entitled An Introduction to Functional Grammar. The present writer obtained 1000 corpus of each (1000 corpus for the word anyone and 1000 corpus for anything as the head) from British National Corpus. The method used is a descriptive method. As a qualifier, the present writer only obtained the words after the word anyone and anything of each data. For the next step, the present writer classifies the types of qualifier of anyone and anything based on the forms, into four groups: Ø, clause, noun group, and prepositional phrase. From the analysis of the data, the result of the research shows that the qualifier of ‘anyone’ could be Ø (44.5%), clause (28.3%), noun group (16%), and prepositional phrase (11.3%) while the qualifier of ‘anything’ could be Ø (40.5%), prepositional phrase (21.6%), noun group (20.6%), and clause (17.3%). It can be concluded that Ø is the highest number of qualifier of both anyone and anything while the lowest number of the qualifier is a prepositional phrase for anyone and clause for anything.


Anything, anyone, qualifier, clause, prepositional phrase, noun group

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