• Didin Nuruddin Hidayat UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
  • Vera Nurlia UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
  • Alek Alek UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
  • Yudi Septiawan STISIPOL Pahlawan 12 Bangka



Cooperative Principle, Flouting of Maxims, David Letterman Talkshow


This study analyzed the maxim flouting in David Letterman and Aishwarya Rai in David Letterman Show,. This study aims to find out which types of maxim flouting are performed by David Letterman as the host and Aishwarya Rai as the guest in the talkshowas well as to describe the reasons why the maxim flouting performed by the two. Qualitative research method was used in this study, and the data were presented in a descriptive analysis. This study dealt with a pragmatic approach and employed one of the Pragmatics theories, namely the Theory of Conversational Maxims or Cooperative Principle. Data in this study are analyzed pragmatically based on Grice’s Cooperative Principle and its maxims. The data of the study were the utterances of  the maxim flouting performed by David and Aishwarya. They were collected by downloading the episode of the show and watching the show. The researchers used Grice’s theory called Cooperative Principles with the four types of maxims, i.e: the maxim of quality, maxim of quantity, maxim of relation, and maxim of manner to analyze the maxim flouting in the talkshow. The results showed that all four types of maxim flouting were performed by both David and Aishwarya. In conclusion, the maxim flouting happened in the talkshow were beneficial to avoid discomfort and to give more explanations.

Author Biographies

Didin Nuruddin Hidayat, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Didin is a permanent lecturer at Department of English Education UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Vera Nurlia, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Vera is a postgraduate student at Department of English Education UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Alek Alek, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Alek is a permanent lecturer at Department of English Education UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Yudi Septiawan, STISIPOL Pahlawan 12 Bangka

Yudi is a lecturer at STISIPOL Pahlawan 12 Bangka


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