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Name: Yi  Yuan
Institution: National University of Singapore
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://courses.nus.edu.sg/course/elcyuany/yy.htm
State and/or Country: Singapore   
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Selected Publications: Yuan, Y. (in press). 'Get to the point, will you please?' The teaching of requesting the main point in the classroom. In k. Bardovi-Harlig and B. Mahan-Taylor (eds.). Teaching pragmatics. Washington DC: US Department of State, Office of English Language Programs.

Yuan, Y. (2003). The use of chatrooms in an ESL setting. Computers and Composition, 20: 194-206.

Yuan, Y. (2003). Book introduction. In G.L. Lee et.al (Eds.), Teaching English to Chinese students. Singapore: Singapore University Press.

Yuan, Y. (2002). Compliments and compliment responses in Kunming Chinese. Pragmatics (the publication of the International Association of Pragmatics), 12:2, 183-226.

Binder, C., & Yuan, Y. (2002). Email and ESL writing. STETS Language and Communication Review, 1:1, 5-10. Singapore.

Yuan, Y. (2001). Pragmatic versus grammatical awareness of EFL/ESL learners and Singapore English speakers. The English Teacher, 4:3, 171-185.

Yuan, Y. (2001). The treatment of face-threatening acts in written peer evaluations: The case of criticisms and suggestions. Working Papers on Language, 7: 38-53. Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore.

Yuan, Y. (2001). An inquiry into empirical pragmatics data-gathering methods: Written DCTs, oral DCTs, field notes, and natural conversations. Journal of Pragmatics, 33:2, 271-292.

Yuan, Y. (1996). Responding to compliments: A contrastive study on the English pragmatics of advanced Chinese speakers of English. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 861-72).

Yuan, Y. (1992). American children's phonological adaptation and speech accommodation in Britain. Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 4. (Beijing Foreign Languages Institute, P.R. China.)

Yuan, Y. (1992). Review of Kendon's Conducting interaction. Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 3.

Yuan, Y. (1992). The controversy of abstractness in phonology. Foreign Language Teaching and Research. 1.
Courses Taught: Sociolinguistics;
Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching;
ESL writing;
ESL reading;
ESL listening;
Dissertation Abstract: Sociolinguistic Dimensions of the Compliment Event in the Southwestern Mandarin Spoken in Kunming, China

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