Fungsi Itu Pada Awal Unit Tuturan
Katharina Endriati Sukamto
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The Indonesian distal demonstrative pronoun itu ‘that’ is traditionally said to have a deictic meaning, in the sense that it refers to something that is distant from the speaker. In spontaneous spoken discourse, however, itu indicates a significant pragmatic function in the communication of information or ideas. This paper aims to show that itu occurring at the initial position of an intonation unit plays an important role in establishig referents, propositions, and ideas. Apart from that, itu also functions as an effective device for marking the flow and continuity in communication.