New! Japanese Studies Centre Seminars, Semester 2 2013!

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Date(s) - 31/07/2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, Building 54 (next to the bus loop), Monash University, Clayton Campus


Japanese Applied Linguistics: Postgraduate research
Wednesday 31 July 2013
12 noon – 1 pm
Japanese Studies Centre, Building 54, Neustupný Auditorium
This seminar will feature research by Monash postgraduate research: come out and support our emerging scholars!

Repetitions and repair in Japanese conversations between nonnative and native speakers: A case of interaction in a homestay setting

Sae Bando

This presentation investigates the use of repetition and repair in conversations between native speakers (NS) and non-native speakers (NNS) of Japanese by analyzing one case of interaction in a homestay setting. Through an analysis of a ten-minute audio-recorded conversation that compared the total number of repetitions by the three participants (2 NSs/1 NNS), I found that repetition by NS and NNS is formed in various ways and functions differently to develop conversations. In addition, I focused on a particular type of repetition, repeat-formatted repair, and qualitatively analyzed how it was being presented and utilized. Findings suggest 1) both NS and NNS need to be aware of how repetition is employed in NS-NNS interaction and 2) interaction in informal settings provides potential opportunities for L2 learners to practice language management through repetition when there is a problem.

Don’t change a word: the use of nonstandard orthographic selection to index variations in fluency in Japanese manga.

Wes Robertson

Although the flexibility of written Japanese has long been noted throughout both creative and formal environments, in depth discussion of this phenomenon is still limited. This presentation attempts to provide a more in-depth analysis of where, when, and for what purposes deviation from orthographic norms occurs, specifically focusing on how nonstandard orthography is utilized to portray learners of Japanese. A theoretical framework based around the idea of indexicality is employed to provide an explanation how these changes are able to transmit information, requiring readers to use both context and the sociocultural associations embedded within each script to comprehend the author’s intent.

The seminar will be followed by refreshments in the JSC foyer, and will provide an opportunity to farewell graduating Masters students and welcome new and returning postgraduate students.