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Taguchi, Naoko; Xiao, Feng; Li, Shuai – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study investigated the effects of intercultural competence and amount of social contact in the development of pragmatic knowledge. All these variables were time-varying variables and measured twice over a 3-month study abroad. Participants were 109 American college students studying Chinese in a semester study-abroad program in Beijing. Using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Study Abroad, College Students
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Kim, Youjin; Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2015
Robinson's (2001) Cognition Hypothesis claims that more complex tasks promote interaction and language development. This study examined the effect of task complexity in the learning of request-making expressions. Task complexity was operationalized as [+/- reasoning] following Robinson's framework. The study employed a pretest-posttest research…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Li, Shuai; Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2014
This study investigated the effects of input-based and output-based practice on the development of accuracy and speed in recognizing and producing request-making forms in L2 Chinese. Fifty American learners of Chinese with intermediate level proficiency were randomly assigned to an input-based training group, an output-based training group, or a…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Linguistic Input, Oral Language
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Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2011
This longitudinal study asks 2 questions. The first one is: What patterns of pragmatic development can we observe among different pragmatic functions and attributes in a second language (L2)? The second question is: In what ways do individual differences and learning context affect the course of pragmatic development? Forty-eight Japanese college…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, Foreign Countries, Pragmatics, Longitudinal Studies
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Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2008
This study developed an original instrument that measures pragmatic comprehension in Japanese as a foreign language (JFL). It examined the ability to comprehend implied meaning encoded in conventional and nonconventional features and the effect of proficiency on comprehension. There were 63 college students of Japanese at 2 proficiency levels who…
Descriptors: Test Format, Scores, Second Language Learning, Japanese
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Taguchi, Naoko – Modern Language Journal, 2005
This study investigated whether second language (L2) proficiency affects pragmatic comprehension, namely the ability to comprehend implied meaning in spoken dialogues, in terms of accuracy and speed of comprehension. Participants included 46 native English speakers at a U.S. university and 160 Japanese students of English in a college in Japan who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Short Term Memory, English (Second Language), Language Processing