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Name INAGAKI Akiko
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Foreign Language Education Center
Profile My research interest areas include L2 pragmatics, motivation, and intercultural communication. I have been researching which types of people are most likely to improve their pragmatic competence, such as comprehension of implicature, through the lens of motivational factors. Recently, I have been focusing on pragmatic specific motivation and trying to reveal how it affects learners’ improvement of pragmatic English competence. I am currently investigating the correlations between learners’ pragmatic development and factors of pragmatic motivation using pragmatic specific motivation questionnaires.
Regarding the research method, I am using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Incorporating mixed-method research constitutes my next goal.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. Interlanguage pragmatics: Pragmatic development in a study-abroad context

    This research aims to investigate whether the pragmatic competence of Japanese learners of English improves during study abroad and to identify a relationship between the learners’ pragmatic development and their motivational factors. The results indicate that the participants developed comprehension of conventional implicature, not that of non-conventional implicature. A cluster analysis was conducted on the participants’ scores on the Pragmatic Comprehension Test, which were divided into three clusters. The highest-scoring cluster showed a statistical significance on one motivational factor "confidence" among the six determined through factor analysis.

Representative Papers
  1. (1) Inagaki, A. (2020). The Correlation between Pragmatic Competence and Pragmatic-Specific Motivation: A Study of Beginning Level English Learners in Japan. Journal of Bunka Gakuen University and Bunka Gakuen Junior College, 51, 41-49.
  2. (2) Inagaki, A. (2019). Pragmatic development, the L2 motivational self-system, and other affective factors in a study-abroad context: The case of Japanese learners of English. East Asian Pragmatics, 4(1), 145-168.
  3. (3) Inagaki, A. (2019). Pragmatic development and grammar in a study abroad context: The case of Japanese learners of English. PanSIG Journal 2018, 105-114.
  4. (4) Inagaki, A. (2006). Pragmatic Transferability of Request Strategies: A Qualitative Analysis by Introspective Methods. Intercultural Communication Review, 4(1), 97-110.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) (1) International Association for Teaching Pragmatics (Individual member)
(2) The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences (Individual member)
(3) British Association for Applied Linguistics (Individual member)
(4) American Association for Applied Linguistics (Individual member)
(5) The Pragmatics Sciety of Japan (Individual member)
(6) The Japan Association for Language Teaching (Individual member)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) American literature
Education Field (Graduate level) Intecultural communication