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Title: Pragmatic Competence
Edited By: Naoko Taguchi
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110218541-1
Series Title: Mouton Series in Pragmatics 5
Description:

In the disciplines of applied linguistics and second language acquisition
(SLA), the study of pragmatic competence has been driven by several
fundamental questions: What does it mean to become pragmatically competent
in a second language (L2)? How can we examine pragmatic competence to make
inference of its development among L2 learners? In what ways do research
findings inform teaching and assessment of pragmatic competence?

This book explores these key issues in Japanese as a second/foreign
language. The book has three sections. The first section offers a general
overview and historical sketch of the study of Japanese pragmatics and its
influence on Japanese pedagogy and curriculum. The overview chapter is
followed by eight empirical findings, each dealing with phenomena that are
significant in Japanese pragmatics. They target selected features of
Japanese pragmatics and investigate the learners' use of them as an
indicator of their pragmatic competence.

The target pragmatic features are wide-ranging, among them honorifics,
speech style, sentence final particles, speech acts of various types, and
indirect expressions. Each study explicitly prompts the connection between
pragmalinguistics (linguistic forms available to perform language
functions) and sociopragmatics (norms that determine appropriate use of the
forms) in Japanese. By documenting the understanding and use of them among
learners of Japanese spanning multiple levels and time durations, this book
offers insight about the nature and development of pragmatic competence, as
well as implications for the learning and teaching of Japanese pragmatics.
The last section presents a critical reflection on the eight empirical
papers and prompts a discussion of the practice of Japanese pragmatics
research.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Pragmatics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110218558
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110218541
Pages: 364
Prices: U.S. $ 140.00