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The development of apologies in the Japanese L2 of adult English native speakers

Beckwith, S. and Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2008) The development of apologies in the Japanese L2 of adult English native speakers. Birkbeck Studies in Applied Linguistics 3 , pp. 1-26. ISSN 1754-5366.

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The present paper focuses on the use of seven apologies strategies in the Japanese of 20 adult, high-intermediate English learners/users of Japanese. Nine of these learners had spent a minimum of two years in Japan. The proportions of apology strategies produced by the two groups of learners in response to 8 situations presented to them in a Discourse Completion Test (DCT) were compared with data obtained from a control group of 14 Japanese L1 participants and a control group of 12 British English L1 participants. In total, 1999 tokens of apology strategies were collected. Statistical analyses and an analysis of lexical items allowed us to describe the learners‟ development and the effect of the stay in Japan.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
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Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 10:57
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