Rosita Masfirotul Uyun

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23917/kls.v1i2.3643


This study aims to discover the theme of popular physics book, The Grand
Design, through corpus linguistics and discourse analysis as well as how the
authors of the book describe the field of study which in fact is not their main
focus to work on. In this case, the authors are physicists and cosmologists who
attempt to use quantum to interpret the history if the universe. There were two
terms, quantum and cosmology, which would be examined to gain the number of
appearance in the book. A computer-based corpus software, AntConc v 3.4.3w and
chi square test were employed to gain the hit numbers and the significant value of
the possible different number appeared. This result would answer the question of
what the theme of the book is. The procedure of corpus analysis, which raw text
is directly analyzed, was used along with collocation and concordance analysis.
After the data was gained from collocation and concordance analysis, discourse
analysis was applied to obtain the profound findings of how the authors assert
their opinion of quantum in the study of the cosmology. This paper resulted that
quantum has more hit numbers than cosmology. In addition, it was found that
the theory proposed in this book was quite inadequate in a certain circumstance.

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