This research examined the extent to which pragmatic comprehension, namely accurate and speedy comprehension of conversational implicatures, is related to cognitive processing skills and general listening abilities. Thirty-five Japanese students learning English as a second language completed five tasks: (1) a pragmatic listening test (PLT) that measured the ability to comprehend implied speakers’ intentions, (2) a phonemic discrimination test, (3) a listening section of the institutional TOEFL, (4) a working memory test, and (5) a lexical access test that measured the ability to make speedy semantic judgment. The students’ pragmatic comprehension was analyzed for accuracy (scores) and comprehension speed (time taken to answer items correctly). Results revealed a significant relationship between accuracy scores of the PLT and the TOEFL listening scores, but not with phonemic discrimination ability. Response time of pragmatic listening significantly correlated with the semantic access speed, but not with working memory.
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Linck, Jared A. & Daniel J. Weiss
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2023. Trialing alternative listening assessment tasks: interactions between text authenticity, item focus and item presentation condition. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching 17:3 ► pp. 664 ff.
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Padilla Cruz, Manuel
2013. Metapsychological awareness of comprehension and epistemic vigilance of L2 communication in interlanguage pragmatic development. Journal of Pragmatics 59 ► pp. 117 ff.
2013. Where Did the Metacognitive Train Leave the Rails? Putting the Train Back on the Track. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity► pp. 472 ff.
Wang, Yuqi & Wei Ren
2023. L2 grit and pragmatic comprehension among Chinese postgraduate learners: Enjoyment and anxiety as mediators. International Journal of Applied Linguistics
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Zufferey, Sandrine, Jacques Moeschler & Anne Reboul
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