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Query Details

Query Subject:   Address Strategies in English Academic Settings
Author:   Maicol Formentelli
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Discourse Analysis

Query:   Dear all,

I'm looking for native speakers of English (in particular lecturers of
English speaking universities) who could help me and fill in an online
questionnaire about the strategies of address employed in academic
interactions among students and lecturers.

Your answers will help me to create an up-to-date picture of the address
practices among native speakers of English, which I would like to compare
with the patterns followed by students and lecturers using English as a
lingua franca in similar contexts of interaction.

If you have about 5-10 minutes to spare and want to contribute to my PhD
research project, please visit


and follow the instructions to fill in the questionnaire.

Thank you very much for your help!
Maicol Formentelli
LL Issue: 19.3237
Date posted: 27-Oct-2008


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