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Name: María Dolores  Ramírez Verdugo
Institution: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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Homepage: http://www.uam.es/dolores.ramirez
State and/or Country: US
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: Ramírez Verdugo, D. (in press, scheduled for 2008). A cross-linguistic study on the pragmatics of intonation in commands and requests. In Romero-Trillo, J. (Ed.) Pragmatics and Corpus Linguistics, a Mutualistic Entete. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, Trends in Linguistics Series.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. & Alonso, I. 2007. Using digital stories to improve listening comprehension with Spanish young learners of English. Language Learning & Technology, Special Issue on Listening Comprehension. Vol. 11, nº 1, 87-101. Available at: http://llt.msu.edu/vol11num1/ramirez/default.html.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. & Alonso, I. 2007. Primary English teachers’ insights on the use of the Internet in their EFL lessons: A Research Case Study. Porta Linguarum, An International and Interuniversity Journal of Foreign Language Didactics. Vol. 8, 63-83.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2006. A Study on Intonation Awareness and Learning by Non-native Speakers of English. Language Awareness Journal. Vol. 15 (3), 141-159. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. Nature and patterning of native and non-native intonation in the expression of certainty and uncertainty: pragmatic effects. The Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 37 (12), 2086- 2115. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science B.V. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2005.02.012
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2006. Non-native Intonation: What information does it transmit? In Hornero, A.M., Luzón, M.J. & Murillo, S. (Eds.) Corpus Linguistics. Applications for the Study of English. Berlín: Peter Lang, Vol. 25, 507- 526.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. A Contrastive Analysis of Non-native Interlanguage English Intonation Systems and their Implication in the Organization of Information from a Functional Perspective. A Study based on a Computerized Corpus of Spanish Learners of English. In Premios Nacionales a la Investigación Educativa. Madrid: CIDE-MEC, 385-422.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. and Romero Trillo. 2005. The pragmatic function of intonation in L2 discourse: English tag questions used by Spanish speakers. Intercultural Pragmatics 2 (2). Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter: 151-168.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. A multi-sensory approach to intonation. Speak Out (Special Issue on Intonation). Vol.: 34. Kent: IATEFL, 29-35.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2006. Prosodic realization of focus in the discourse of Spanish learners and English native speakers. Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense, Vol. 14. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid: 1-28.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. Análisis interdisciplinar de la melodía del lenguaje. Aplicaciones al estudio de la interlingua, in Perspectivas Interdisciplinares de la Lingüística Aplicada, Vol. II. Valencia: AESLA, 455-468.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2004. A way to intonation for EFL teachers and learners. IATEFL 2004 Conference Selections. Kent: IATEFL, 54-55.
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2003.A new approach to the analysis and annotation of speech and prosody based on computerized cross-linguistic corpora, SEPLN: 343- 345. ISNN: 1135-5948
Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2002. Non-native Interlanguage Intonation Systems: A Study based on a Computerized Corpus of Spanish Learners of English. International ICAME Journal, 26. Leeds: The HIT Centre, 115-132.
Courses Taught: Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2006. The Interface of Intonation and Pragmatics. PhD Seminar Series. Department of English Philology. Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. Why to teach pronunciation and prosody to non-native speakers of English? PhD Seminar Series. Research Centre of English and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of English. University of Cambridge.

Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. Learner spoken corpora: Cross-linguistic analysis and methodological applications. PhD Seminar Series. Department of Second Language Education, Faculty of Education. University of Cambridge.

Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. An interdisciplinary linguistic analysis of intonation. PhD Seminar Series. Department of Linguistics. University of Cambridge.

Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2005. Learning English intonation: A multi-sensory approach for EFL learners. PhD Seminar Series. Research Centre of English and Applied Linguistics and Department of Linguistics. University of Cambridge.

Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2004. Análisis de la entonación en un corpus oral de aprendices españoles de lengua inglesa: implicaciones lingüísticas y metodológicas. PhD Seminar on Language Acquisition and Analysis of Interlanguage. Department of English Philology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Ramírez Verdugo, D. 2003. Modelo de entonación de la frase y del párrafo. PhD Seminar on Learning how to Communicate in English. Universitat Jaime I, Castellón.

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