LINGUIST List 14.2356

Sat Sep 6 2003

FYI: Arabic Phone Communication Study

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  1. Bushra Zawaydeh, Arabic Phone Communication Study

Message 1: Arabic Phone Communication Study

Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2003 17:46:25 +0000
From: Bushra Zawaydeh <>
Subject: Arabic Phone Communication Study

	Dear All,

 The Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of
 Pennsylvania is conducting a linguistic study on
 Arabic telephone speech to study how native speakers
 of Arabic communicate with each other on the phone.
 Hence, we are searching for native speakers of Arabic
 who are from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, or Palestine.

 If you are interested in participating in the project,
 please e-mail me back, and give me the information
 that is listed at the end of this e-mail. Basically
 you will be talking on the phone with another person
 that you may not know. You will speak for 10 minutes
 about a general topic that will be assigned to you
 when the call is made. The
 call will be made anytime between 8:00 and 11:00 PM
 Middle East time, or 1:00 - 3:00 PM US Eastern Time.
 After talking for 10 minutes, you will receive $10 by
 mail. You can participate in up to 3 calls. Hence you
 can make $30.

 In real life, our conversations with strangers have
 specific goals: to get or give information, to
 accomplish a task or to build a relationship. In this
 study, we assign topics to encourage the same kind of
 goal-oriented talk. The topics also give variety to
 the conversations and keep them going in a meaningful
 way. The topics will be general topics such as travel,
 marriage and divorce, etc. Please speak on the
 suggested topic, giving your opinions and the benefit
 of your personal experience and please also ask about
 the other person's experience and opinions.

 If you or anybody you know is interested in
 participating in this project please e-mail me the
 following information:

 Country where born:
 Country where raised:
 City where raised:
 Native Language:
 Other Languages spoken fluently:
 Years of education:
 email address (if available):
 postal address:
 phone number:
 phone type (cellular, cordless, standard, satellite,

 The dialects that we are targeting in this project are
 the Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian
 Arabic dialects. Please feel free to forward this
 message to all your friends or relatives who might be
 interested in this project, and who are native
 speakers of one of these 4 Arabic dialects. If you
 have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

 Bushra Zawaydeh, Ph.D.
 Linguistic Data Consortium
 University of Pennsylvania 

Subject-Language: Arabic, Standard; Code: ABV 
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