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Hishamudin Isam, Mashetoh Abd Mutalib, Rohaya Md. Ali


This study aims to re-examine the meaning decryption of the word halal which appears in Kamus Dewan (2016).  This word is derived from the Arabic terms halla, yahillu, hillan, wahalalan, and have been decrypted with four (4) meanings.  However, the decrypting information is limited, and might lead to some unclear elements.  The study relied on natural occurring data initiated in the real world linguistic analysis specifically discussing text information for the word halal for the four meanings as described in Kamus Dewan. 21,903 halal words from the webcorp database have been analysed using semantic prosody theory. This theory that focuses on  the consistent aura element has successfully highlighted the text information for the four meanings to an extent that every meaning of the word can be restructured. The analysis results show that the meaning of halal can be categorised into one core meaning (the meaning of hukum) and four peripheral meanings (the meanings of sources, forgiveness / apology / let go, permission and evidence), and each meaning has detailing sub-meaning fractions that can facilitate a better understanding of the conceptual word halal. The simplified dissemination of text information with this schematic representation of illustration proves that the language analysis which is based on naturally occurring data, is able to offer an explanation of the meaning for a word that is experiencing problems of vagueness, so that the meaning of the word can be understood more clearly

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