LINGUIST List 13.2749

Wed Oct 23 2002

Qs: Email Corpora, Non-Native use of 'Like'

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  1. J-C Khalifa, Qs: e-mail corpora
  2. dana maiocco, Non-native use of 'Like'

Message 1: Qs: e-mail corpora

Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 19:16:32 +0200
From: J-C Khalifa <>
Subject: Qs: e-mail corpora

A student of mine has just started her Master's dissertation on the
English of e-mails and SMS. I was wondering whether anyone out there
could help her/me on two points:

1) Bibliography: have there been books or papers published on the
subject in recent years, as I would imagine? I'm talking about real
linguistic studies, not anecdotal newspaper stories or the like.

2) Corpora: are there any e-mail / SMS corpora currently available to
researchers? I was suggesting to her, half-jokingly, that if 1,000
people were to send her a one-page message in their usual e-mail
style, she'd find herself the happy owner of quite a sizeable corpus

You can reply either to me : or directly to
her: Delphine Brun ( Any tips greatly

	Jean-Charles Khalifa
	University of Poitiers (France)
	English Studies Dpt
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Message 2: Non-native use of 'Like'

Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 15:45:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: dana maiocco <>
Subject: Non-native use of 'Like'


My name is Dana, and I am a graduate student at NYU in the TESOL
department. I am currently doing research on a native Japanese
student's use of "like" (as in 'valley girl talk) in his
interlanguage. What I need to know is what are the best and most
basic references on the use of "like" (in valley girl talk) with
native speakers, and if there have been any studies or any research
done on non-native's speakers' usage of it.

I would appreciate any references that you might be able to give to

Thank you,

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