THE USE OF UNIQUE BOUND MORPHEMES IN MALAY LANGUAGE OF MAKASSAR DIALECT
All languages have unique morphemes as distinguishing features from other languages. Unique
morpheme is a morpheme with typical features divergent from other morphemes or language
morpheme in general. This study aims to explain the unique morphemes in Malay Language
of Makassar dialect. The finding is useful for linguistic studies especially morphological
studies of morphemes. This study used descriptive method data collection method used was
listening method. The techniques were listening and engaged in conversation and notes-taking.
The role of researcher in listening and engaged in conversation technique was not only as
listener but also took part in the conversation. In note-taking techniques the researcher recorded
the conversations from the research objects. The results found that the The Malay language of
Makassar dialect has unique morphemes, such as ka, ta, nu, ki. Na, ko-, etc. Unique morphemes
in form of words are such as pale (only), sedeng (again), bela (that’s it), and so on. More unique
morphemes of particles are mine-, ji-, pi-, pa-, mo-, etc. Using these unique morphemes before
words would make different in sense of the words from using them after words.