Japanese Speakers of American English Competence With Connectives in Written Language Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1997
Japanese Speakers of American English
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan A. Steffani
    University of Oregon Eugene
  • Marilyn A. Nippold
    University of Oregon Eugene
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 01, 1997
Japanese Speakers of American English
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 1997, Vol. 40, 1048-1055. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4005.1048
History: Received August 13, 1996 , Accepted April 15, 1997
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 1997, Vol. 40, 1048-1055. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4005.1048
History: Received August 13, 1996; Accepted April 15, 1997

Competence with literate connectives (e.g., conversely, similarly, moreover) is important for academic success, particularly in university settings. This study examined the ability of Japanese speakers of American English (mean age = 23 years) who were attending an American university to use and understand connectives in written language. Compared to a control group of age-matched native English-speakers attending the same university, the Japanese students had difficulty with the words. Suggestions are offered on how speech-language pathologists might facilitate competence with connectives in adults who are nonnative speakers of English.

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