Deixis Analysis in the Movie Mary Poppins Returns (2018), ‘Turning Turtle’ Lyrics

  • Nurul Khairunnisa Khairudin


This research aims to analyse five (5) types of deixis by using the theory of Levinson (1983), interpret reference meaning of the deixis and find out the most dominant type of deixis found in the lyrics of the song ‘Turning Turtle’ chosen from the Mary Poppins Returns soundtracks. The researchers selected the movie soundtrack because that movie is a musical movie which consists of songs that contain deictic words and it consists of such deictic words that have reference meanings. Therefore, the song lyrics can be analysed using pragmatics, specifically about deixis. Moreover, this study was conducted by using a descriptive qualitative method. The findings show that the most prevalent types of deixis in the songs were person deixis, temporal deixis, and spatial deixis. This is due to the fact that these three types of deixis are required in any phrase created by songwriters in order to ensure that listeners have a complete comprehension of the meaning conveyed by the song's lyrics.

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ZARAINI, NOOR SHARIENA; KHAIRUDIN, Nurul Khairunnisa. Deixis Analysis in the Movie Mary Poppins Returns (2018), ‘Turning Turtle’ Lyrics. Journal of Creative Practices in Language Learning and Teaching (CPLT), [S.l.], v. 10, n. 2, p. 41-56, nov. 2022. ISSN 1823-464X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 06 feb. 2023. doi:

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