Pragmatics & interaction: Vol. 4. Interactional competence in Japanese as an additional language

2014-2018 pragmatics research

In the research literature on interactional competence in talk among second language speakers and their coparticipants, this volume of Pragmatics & Interaction is the first to focus on interaction in Japanese. The chapters examine the use and development of interactional practices in a wide range of social settings, from everyday talk among friends to service encounters, workplace interaction, and a rakugo performance to various activities in Japanese language classrooms and oral language assessment. Conducted from the shared perspective of conversation analysis, the studies show in detail how the activities are accomplished through the generic methods of interactional organization, multimodal practices, and the specific linguistic resources of Japanese. 




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1  Interactional Competence in Japanese as an Additional Language: An Overview

Tim Greer, Midori Ishida, & Yumiko Tateyama


Interactional Competence Across Social Activities

2  “My Japanese isn’t that Good”: Self-Deprecation, Preference Organization, and Interactional Competence

Alfred Rue Burch

3  Learning Technical Terms in Workplace Interaction

Stephen J. Moody

4  She Who Laughs First: Audience Laughter and Interactional Competence at a Rakugo Performance for Foreign Students

Cade Bushnell

5  Co-construction of an L2 Speaker’s Interactional Competence: Recipient Responses in an Interview Activity

Mari Yamamoto & Tomoharu Yanagimachi

6  Multimodal Interactional Competence in the Use of Technology in L2 Japanese Classrooms

Keiko Ikeda & Don Bysouth

7  Collaborative Orientation to the ‘Search for What-to-Say’ in Pair Work Interactions

Atsushi Hasegawa

8  Assessing Interactional Competence: Storytelling in the Japanese Oral Proficiency Interview

Waka Tominaga


Developing Interactional Competence

9  Developing Recipient Competence during Study Abroad

Midori Ishida

10  Becoming a Conversationalist at the Dinner Table: Topic Management Practices by a JFL Student Living in Foreign Language Housing

Junko Mori & Yumiko Matsunaga

11  “Daijoobu desu ka?”: Use of Formulaic Expressions by One Novice L2 Japanese Teacher

Yumiko Tateyama

12  L1 Speaker Turn Design and Emergent Familiarity in Opening Sequences of Second Language Japanese Interaction

Tim Greer



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