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Title: Knowledge and performance of small talk by Japanese users of English
Author: Takaya, Kentei
ISNI:       0000 0000 6468 1547
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2007
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The present study investigates the 'knowledge' and 'performance' of small talk by Japanese second language (L2) users in Higher Education in England. Small talk is known for its 'phatic' function, and is a vital skill for L2 users, that will enable them to break down social barriers with native-speakers of English. However, due to cross-cultural differences, small talk is no easy task for many L2 users, particularly those from the Far East. The 'knowledge' of L2 users in this study was examined based on their 'declarative knowledge' (the knowledge of 'what') and 'procedural knowledge' (the knowledge of 'how'). This study explores how 'knowledge' interacts with L2 users' linguistic and social competence during small talk, and how these interactions influence their ability to 'perform' small talk in a defined number of situations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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