Projection is the representation of a linguistic expereience in another linguistic experience. This study addresses projection of news sources in Indonesian newspaper story text (INST) based on systemic functional linguistic (SFL) theory. The objectives are to describe the kinds or categories of projection, to derive the dominant kind of projection and to investigate reasons for the use of projections in INSTs. The sources for the data are taken from INSTs of four newspaper publications, namely the daily Kompas, Republika, Waspada and Analisa. The data, which are projections of the news sources in the form of clause complexes derived from the INSTs, are analyzed by content analysis technique where the projections are analyzed and categorized with reference to SFL theories. The findings indicate that there are three kinds of projection used in INSTs, namely hypotactic locution ( “), hypotactic idea ( ‘) and quasi-projection. Of the three categories, quasi-projection is dominantly used. The reasons for the use of quasi-projection are to maintain originality and provide creativity. The research finding implies that in Bahasa Indonesia (BI) a sound, word, clause, clause complex or text potentially functions as a phrase and this new finding leads to redefinition of phrase in BI.
Keywords: Projection, newspaper text, quasi-projection.