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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Date Submitted: 21-Nov-2007
From: Maryam Eliasy
Subject: invitation to participate in a project
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Institution/Organization: Isfahan University

Notice: Dear Readers,

I am a MA student in English Language Teaching at the University of Isfahan, studying English discourse markers in spontaneous speech of Persian English speakers. My primary research interests include the identification of DMs, determining their frequency and the examination of pragmatic appropriateness of these elements based on a corpus data of EFL speech production in dissertation defenses.
For my dissertation research, I need to get help from a few native speaker experts in the field of discourse to pass judgment about appropriateness of discourse markers used by Persian speakers. I would appreciate any help and suggestion you could provide.