Portland State University. Department of Applied Linguistics
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (153 p.)
Japanese language -- Rhetoric, Japanese language -- Discourse analysis, Contrastive linguistics
Since Kaplan started the study of contrastive rhetoric, researchers have investigated Japanese and English compositions and have found some differences between them. However, few studies have investigated how these differences are perceived by native English readers when the different rhetorical patterns are transferred to English writing.
Drawing from Hinds' study, this research focuses on the following: how the Japanese style of writing is evaluated by Japanese and American readers, especially in academic situations, how Japanese rhetorical patterns are perceived by American readers, and how a change of organization affects the evaluation by American readers.
Kitano, Hiroko, "Cross-cultural differences in written discourse patterns : a study of acceptability of Japanese expository compositions in American universities" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4084.