Name : Zatulhimmi
Student No. : 1609200080016
Study Program : Master Degree in English Education
Department : English Education
Title : The Strategies Used by English Department Students in
Giving and Receiving Compliments (A Study toward English Graduate Students at Syiah Kuala University)
Keywords: compliment, compliment topic, compliment response
This qualitative research aims to find out the strategies used by students in giving compliments based on the topic compliment and receiving the compliment based on the compliment response strategies. The participants of this research were the graduate students of English language education at Syiah Kuala University. In collecting the data, the researcher made use of the DCT framework of Xiang (2013). The researcher also made used of an interview adapted from Fattah (2020) to elicit the understanding of participants in conveying their compliments based on the topic complimented. The findings of DCT revealed that there were three of four types of compliment topics identified; topic appearance, topic ability/performance, and topic possession. The result of the interview also showed that they knew how to utter compliments to each topic. The responses strategies tend to use were appreciation token consists of 65 responses. Further, return consists of 11 responses, question consists of 10 responses, scale down consists of 8 responses, and comment history consists of 3 responses. While, praise upgrade, request, and qualification consist of 1 response respectively. The results of the questionnaire and DCT were equal, which means the participants favor using appreciation tokens in giving and receiving compliments. It happens due to their habit of daily conversation.