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ERIC Number: EJ934911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
The Effect of L2 Proficiency and Study-Abroad Experience on Pragmatic Comprehension
Taguchi, Naoko
Language Learning, v61 n3 p904-939 Sep 2011
This cross-sectional study examined the effect of general proficiency and study-abroad experience on pragmatic comprehension in second-language English. Participants were 25 native English speakers and 64 Japanese college students of English divided into three groups. Group 1 (n = 22) had lower proficiency and no study-abroad experience. Group 2 (n = 20) and Group 3 (n = 22) had higher proficiency than Group 1 but differed in their study-abroad experience. Group 2 had no study-abroad experience, but Group 3 had a minimum of 1 year of study-abroad experience in an English-speaking country. They completed a pragmatic listening test measuring their ability to comprehend conventional and nonconventional implicatures. Group performance was compared for the comprehension accuracy scores and response times. There was a significant effect of proficiency on response times but no effect of study-abroad experience. Comprehension accuracy scores revealed mixed findings. It was advantageous for students to have study-abroad experience in the comprehension of nonconventional implicatures and routine expressions but not in indirect refusals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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