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Title: A cross-cultural approach to the analysis of conversation and its implications for language pedagogy
Author: Murata, Kumiko
ISNI:       0000 0001 1583 6693
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1992
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This study is an exploration of spoken communication in a crosscultural context, with Japanese learners of English specifically in mind. It has two main purposes. The first is to examine the theoretical background to the field in order to formulate a descriptive model f or the study, which will then be applied to empirical data. At the same time it is hoped that the process of the enquiry itself will have direct implications f or pedagogy. That Is, it Is planned that the research will provide a model f or a consciousness-raising methodology. This is the second purpose. The study consists of three parts. The first part, Chapters 1-5, investigates the theoretical background to the present study, covering such areas as theories of communication (Chapter 2) and culture (Chapter 3). Chapter 4 explores a descriptive model for the present study. Chapter 5 consolidates the first part and presents a general framework for learner needs in communication. The second part, Chapters 6-8, is mainly descriptive. It aims to apply the theory of communication to an empirical study. Chapter 6 concentrates on the description of the research design, Including the design of the questionnaires and the recorded data. Chapter 7 discusses the results of the questionnaires. Chapter 8 concentrates on the analysis of the recorded data, focussing specifically on certain features of conversational style such as pause/silence, overlapping, interruption and repetition. Each feature will also be discussed from the perspective of the sociocultural values attached to its use. The last part, Chapter 9, deals with pedagogy. It aims to combine theory with practice and to provide a model for a consciousness-raising methodology through the preceding discussion of the theories and the data.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Japanese