Communication Breakdowns and Repair
Date: Sunday, March 28th, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Douglas Jarrell and Naoko Hazumi
Douglas Jarrell and Naoko Hazumi investigated the cause of communication breakdowns during conversations between Japanese and native speakers of English. They explored how the interlocutors initiated repair. Though the researchers initially hypothesized that the majority of breakdowns would occur due to incomprehensible pronunciation, the findings indicate that there were a number of other factors that caused the breakdowns. In addition, students used a wide variety of repair tactics, rarely involving adjustments in pronunciation.
Organization: Toyohashi Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Toyohashi JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Aichi University, Building five, room 543
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