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Context, Individual Differences and Pragmatic Competence Author: Naoko Taguchi

Format:
Paperback - 320 pages
ISBN:
9781847696083
Published:
11 Jan 2012
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters
Dimensions:
234 x 156 (R8vo)
Availability:
Available

Summary

This book describes second language learnersí development of pragmatic competence - the appropriate language use in a social context. It reveals patterns of development across different aspects of pragmatic abilities measured over one year and presents rich descriptions of participantsí experiences and the individual characteristics that shaped their developmental trajectories.

Review:

Taguchi brings impressive psycholinguistic rigor to the longitudinal study of pragmatics, with an innovative focus on the development of listening and speaking ability. While her Japanese EFL subjects became somewhat more like native speakers in the performance of low-imposition speech acts, a rich analysis of student interview data and journal entries revealed their limited gains in high-imposition speech acts to be partly the result of limited exposure to such pragmatic behavior.
Andrew D. Cohen, University of Minnesota, USA

This book reports on a multi-method study of pragmatic competence in which development is not seen as a linear process but rather as a dynamic one in which factors like social distance and degree of imposition are not treated as static factors but as part of a larger set of variables that form a complex system of nested and dynamically interactive factors. The combination of qualitative and quantitative data on different time scales makes this study unique in the field of applied linguistics.
Kees de Bot, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

This book makes important contributions to the field of ILP. It adds to the rather limited body of longitudinal studies in ILP, especially those investigating both productive and receptive aspects of pragmatic competence. It proposes an original theoretical framework, which constructs pragmatic competence as both an accurate demonstration of pragmatic knowledge and the efficient processing of pragmatic knowledge. In addition, the study employs a variety of research instruments, both quantitative and qualitative, in order to describe learners’ pragmatic development at both the group and individual levels, which makes the study unique in the field of ILP. In a nutshell, this book is highly recommended for researchers and students at the graduate level who are interested in both ILP and SLA.
Wei Ren, Department of Foreign Languages, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences on the LINGUIST LIST 23.2344

Taguchi’s rich descriptions of the case histories and her explorations of enabling and constraining factors in the individual, the context, and their interactions shine like gems in this book. This monograph would be of great value to language educators and researchers for
its practical and methodological implications. In addition to practitioners, researchers and students in the ?eld of L2 acquisition, especially
those who study interlanguage pragmatics, would also bene?t from this book as it provides an excellent model of a developmental study that involves careful planning of qualitative data collection methods and rigorous instrumentation of measurement tools. Overall, this
monograph on individual learners’ language learning experiences and their relationship with developmental trajectories makes an indispensable addition to the growing body of research on L2 pragmatic development.
Midori Ishida in Language and Education, 2012, 1–4, iFirst Article

Taguchi has provided break-through research in the field of longitudinal studies of Pragmatic Competence (PC). In a two-part study done over a year, the author successfully incorporated qualitative methodology into her work. Taguchi’s writing style is clear and meticulous, providing
explanation for each step of the study, enabling aspiring researchers to follow her methodology and her reasons for each action. That also makes the book dense with information – it is difficult to do it justice in a review...Taguchi’s work has the potential to change the way we view and engage in research in the area of PC. The book, in my opinion offers new insights for all involved in second language acquisition and linguistics fields.
Diane Lynne Fernet Bishop, University of Alberta Campus, Canada in RELC Journal (2013), 43(3) 411 –414

The volume represents a complex, painstakingly designed and executed study, whose careful and detailed analysis sets a high standard for ILP research. The volume should be of interest to SLA researchers, teachers of English to speakers of other languages, practitioners and researchers, and others interested in the complex interactions that shape the course of pragmatic development in a second language.
Susan Meredith Burt, Illinois State University, USA in Studies in Second Language Acquisition (2013)

Author Biography:

Naoko Taguchi is an associate professor in the Modern Languages Department at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches courses on SLA, pragmatics, and Japanese language and culture. She is a Fulbright scholar, and the recipient of the 2004 MLJ-ACTFL Emma Birkmaier Outstanding Dissertation Award. She edited the volume Pragmatic Competence and is co-editing the volume Technology in Interlanguage Pragmatics Research and Teaching. She is currently on the editorial board of Japanese SLA.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional


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