Japanese sojourners' attitudes toward Americans: Exploring the influences of communication accommodation, linguistic competence, and relational solidarity in intergroup contact

Makiko Imamura, Yan Bing Zhang, James T Harwood

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Abstract

Guided by the intergroup contact hypothesis, the authors examined the associations among Japanese sojourners' (N = 94) perceived linguistic competence with English, communication accommodation of their most frequent American contact, relational solidarity with the contact, and their attitudes toward Americans as a cultural group. Results indicated that participants' linguistic competence with English and perceptions of Americans' communication accommodation positively predicted their relational solidarity with their most frequent American contact. In addition, relational solidarity mediated the relationships between both linguistic competence and communication accommodation and cognitive and behavioral attitudes. Results were discussed in light of communication accommodation theory, the contact hypothesis and prior literature in intergroup and intercultural communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-132
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Asian Pacific Communication
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Communication accommodation
  • Contact hypothesis
  • Intergroup attitudes
  • Japanese sojourners
  • Linguistic competence with English

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  • Communication
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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