Language Disorder of the Main Character in Dancing in the Rain Movie


  • Rosyida Ekawati Universitas Trunojoyo Madura
  • Zakiya Universitas Trunojoyo Madura


Expressive Language Disorder, Language Disorder, Receptive Language Disorder


This study is aimed at finding out types of language disorder and explaining the symptoms shown in each type of language disorders experienced by the main character in “Dancing in the Rain” movie. This study uses descriptive qualitative method. The data of this study are in the form of words, phrases, sentences and behavior which taken from the main character’s utterances and  behaviors during his engagement in activities. The result of this study shows that the two types of language disorder: expressive language disorder and receptive language disorder were experienced by Banyu Anggoro as the main character in ‘Dancing in the Rain’ movie. Each type of language disoder shows some different symptoms with varying occurrences. The symptoms shown in receptive language disorder are not appearing to listen, difficulty following verbal directions, limited vocabulary, difficulty understanding complex sentences,  difficulty interpreting words or phrases, and demonstrating lack of interest. Meanwhile, the symptoms of expressive language disorder are word-finding difficulties, limited vocabulary, over reliance on stock phrases, and difficulty coming to the point of what they are trying to say.


Download data is not yet available.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (1993). Definitions of communication disorders and variations [Relevant Paper].

Field, J. (2003). Psycholinguistics: A Resource Book for Students. Routledge.

Gerenser, J. (2008). Language Disorders in Children with Autism. In R. G. Schwartz (Ed.), Handbook of Child Language Disorders. Routledge.

Halliday, M. A. K. (2006). On Language and Linguistics. Continuum International Publishing Group.

Harras, K. A., & Dutha, B. A. (2009). Dasar-dasar Psikolinguistik. UPI PRESS.

Indah, N. R., & Abdurrahman. (2008). Psikolinguistik Konsep dan Isu Umum. UIN-Malang Press.

Levia, R., Jufrizal, J., & Marlina, L. (2019). The Study of Language Disorder of an Autistic Savant Portrayed in Levinson ’ S Rain Man Film ( 1988 ). E-Journal of English Language & Literature, 8(1).

Minchew, M. (2018). Language Disorders and Speech Disorders: Types and Symptoms. Cognifit.

Schirmer, C. R., Fontoura, D. R., & Nunes, M. L. (2004). Language and Learning Disorders. Jornal de Pediatria, 80(2), 95–103.

Suherman. (2015). Language Disorder of Main Character in the Movie “My Name Is Khan” a (Issue 40300110096). Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar.



How to Cite

Ekawati, R., & Arofat, Z. (2022). Language Disorder of the Main Character in Dancing in the Rain Movie. LingPoet: Journal of Linguistics and Literary Research, 3(2), 38-54. Retrieved from