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
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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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