Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Education Theory and Practice

Content Description

1 online resource (x, 229 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Istvan Kecskes

Committee Members

Anita Pomerantz, Junko Mori


Amae, Conversation Analysis, English education in Japan, Intercultural Pragmatics, Online communication, English language, Conversation analysis, Psycholinguistics, College students, Intercultural communication

Subject Categories

Education | Language and Literacy Education


The purpose of the study is to investigate how amae may affect Japanese learners of English when they are exposed to intercultural communication, so that educators can take advantage of the study’s findings to improve English education in Japan. Amae is a concept that a Japanese psychiatrist Takeo Doi introduced as a key to understanding the psychology of Japanese people. It is roughly translated as “dependence” but actually refers to a psychological disposition that is observed in specific patterns of behavior. Although the concept is frequently mentioned in studies of Japanese culture and society, not much is known about how the Japanese predisposition towards amae is brought into intercultural interaction in situations where the Japanese use their second languages, and where it may hinder their intercultural communication.