Asrah Raihana, Asmaul Husna, Fadhila Hayani, Putri Permata Sari Samosir


Language is very important in society. It is used to communicate with other people in everyday life. The understanding of language in communication becomes very important according to the main purpose of the use of the language itself which can be associated as a medium for delivering a message or information. As a tool of communication, language is not only conveyed orally, but also in silence. Every word has a meaning, silence also delivers a message and it has interpretations in meaning and purpose. The use of silence can also be found among Acehnese while having communication. Silence is a complex phenomenon and embodies diverse concepts. In most usages of the word, silence has some degrees of relativity and often refers to states, which may not be silent at all. While some situations require the use of silence in some contexts, the other researches were found that using of silence for unnecessary situation. The objective of this study is to analyze how silence used in Acehnese. What the meaning and function of silence used by Acehnese are. The method was Acehnese’s conversations.  From the data analysis, it showed that the respondents showed that silence found in conversation between Acehnese mostly used as a variety of politeness, to hide feeling ashamed, guilty, and angry. Besides that, it also showed a respect to elders, express agreement and disagreement. The silence used is also an influence of a custom in each culture descriptive qualitative. The source of the data was taken by recording of. In Acehnese culture, silence mostly used for showing polite behavior and respect toward people based on the context of the communication in social interaction.


silence, Acehnese, ethnic, language.

Full Text:



Behnam, Biook And Nosratzadegan. (2014). A Discourse Study of Rhetorical Silence in Persian and English Literature. in International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development

Brown, G.G. (2015). Definition of Communication. In American Journal of Educational Research. (5).570-575. Available June 3, 2013.

Cheney, G., et al. (2011). Organizational communication in An Age of Globalization, Waveland Pr Inc.

Clair, Robert N. The social and cultural construction in silence

Keyton, Joann (2011). Communication and Organizational Culture: A Key to Understanding Work Experiences, 2 ed, Sage Publishing Inc.

Langacker, Ronald W (1968). Language and its Structure: Some Fundamental Linguistic Concept. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.

Nanake, Ikuko (2007). Silence in intercultural communication. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing

Scollon, Ron (1996). Discourse Identity, Social Identity, and Confusion. In Intercultural Communication Studies. VI:1

Yuan Quan, Yuan (2015). Analysis of Silence in Intercultural Communication. in International Conference on Economy, Management and Education Technology (ICEMET)



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Annual International Conference on Language and Literature (AICLL)

Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara
Website :
Email :

Lisensi Creative Commons

Annual International Conference on Language and Literature (AICLL) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License