Presupposition Analysis of Twitter Hate Comments towards Meghan Markle at Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

Caumelia Agustin, Nina Setyaningsih


On September 8, 2022, BBC News announced the Queen's death at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were present at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, became public attention and invited netizens' opinions on various social media. This study attempts to analyze the types of presupposition and the mostly used type of presupposition on Twitter hate comments addressed to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Presupposition deals with a relationship between sentences or propositions and interpretation. The data of this research were taken from comments collected from five tweets with a large number of replies. They were analyzed by using Yule's (1996) types of presupposition. This research used descriptive qualitative method to analyze the data. The result of data analysis reveals that existential presupposition is mostly found in the data. This is because the hate comments towards Meghan Markle used definite/indefinite noun phrases to represent the assumptions of the writer of the comments.

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