Janice Nakamura

Janice Nakamura
Kanagawa University · Department of English

Ph.D. (Education)

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Education
April 2007 - March 2011
International Christian University
Field of study
  • Bilingualism

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Publications (10)
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This study examines the challenges of minority language transmission in exogamous families in a society where linguistic and cultural homogeneity still prevails. Specifically, it investigates the macro and micro ideological influences that lead multilingual migrant mothers in Japan to speak Japanese to their children. Interview data with six Thai m...
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Some bilingual children speak only one language despite being exposed to two languages from birth. When parents and children speak different languages to each other, their interactions become dual-lingual. This study examines how parental discourse strategies are used in dual-lingual interactions with receptive bilingual children. Naturalistic audi...
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This study examines the speech of a Thai mother who chose to use Japanese to her child from birth. Video data from ages 1;2 to 2;6 revealed that, despite the mother's avowal to speak Japanese, her native Thai and her L2, English, were occasionally used. She reverted to Thai most often and made use of Thai baby words and discourse particles which le...
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Mixed-ethnic children in Japan do not usually acquire the language of their non-Japanese parent. This study looks at their lost opportunity to acquire their minority parent’s language through a retrospective investigation of their language experiences from childhood to young adulthood. Transcripts of interviews with ten mixed-ethnic children (ages...
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This chapter revisits Elizabeth Lanza's seminal ideas (1988, 1992, 1997b) on parents' use of discourse strategies with bilingual children. Her work showed how parents can affect two-year-olds' language choice through the way they interact with them. We add a developmental perspective by reviewing the application of Lanza's bilingual family interact...
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This chapter revisits Elizabeth Lanza's seminal ideas (1988, 1992, 1997b) on parents' use of discourse strategies with bilingual children. Her work showed how parents can affect two-year-olds' language choice through the way they interact with them. We add a developmental perspective by reviewing the application of Lanza's bilingual family interact...
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The popularity of English in early foreign language teaching is a global phenomenon. Parents and policymakers in Europe are eager to expose young children to a foreign language, which is usually English (De Houwer, 2015). Likewise, in Japan, English is the de facto foreign language subject in schools (Sakamoto, 2012). The introduction of English ed...
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Impact belief is the conviction that parents have that they can affect their children’s language development (De Houwer, 1999). This paper investigates how parents’ impact belief is shaped and how it transpires into language management which supports the bilingual and biliterate development of children in exogamous families. Interviews with eight E...
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Not all children who receive bilingual exposure from birth speak both of their languages. This paper examines receptive bilingualism in two bilingual children who reportedly speak Japanese to their Italian-speaking and English-speaking fathers. Analysis of audio recordings of parent-child interactions revealed that the two children produced some ut...
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This study examines the relationship between caregivers' conversational styles in One-Person-One-Language (OPOL) settings and early bilingual development. In particular, it attempts to demonstrate that interrogative styles may have an impact on bilingual children's responsiveness in two language contexts. It is based on longitudinal data of a bilin...

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This projects examines the English writing ability of English-Japanese bilingual children who attend monolingual public schools in Japan using a common writing assessment tool. The study aims to determine the extent to which English-Japanese bilingual children attain writing ability in their minority language (English) as a result of home literacy practices and weekend school instruction.