Mathematical Linguistics
Online ISSN : 2433-0302
Print ISSN : 0453-4611
Volume 32 , Issue 4
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  • With a Special Focus on Different Learning Environments
    Yumiko Murata
    Type: Paper B
    2020 Volume 32 Issue 4 Pages 207-223
    Published: March 20, 2020
    Released: March 20, 2021
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Using a large-scale corpus of Japanese Language learners' conversational data and taking into account different learning environments (overseas classroom env., classroom env. in Japan, natural env. in Japan), this study investigates the usage of 16 expressions in their basic and altered phonetic shape (e.g. noda and iroiro-na vs. nda and iron-na) and compares the findings to the usage of Japanese L1 speakers. Even in polite register only 4 out of the 16 expressions are frequently used in their unaltered basic shape by L1 speakers. On the other hand, learners can be classified into six groups showing different degrees of similarity to L1 usage patterns. As the outcome of this corpus investigation also seems to reflect the treatment of the expressions in Japanese textbooks, the paper concludes with suggestions on appropriate teaching strategies tailored to learners' specific needs and learning environments.
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