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Query Details

Query Subject:   Code Switching Surveys
Author:   Elly van Gelderen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s):  Chinese, Mandarin

Query:   Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

We are conducting a research study to determine how acceptable
certain code-switched statements are between Chinese-English,
Spanish-English, Dutch-English, and German-English. We are inviting
your participation if you are bilingual in any of the above. Participation
will involve taking a brief two-part survey (approximately 20 minutes).
You must be 18 years or older to participate.

This study will help us understand how bilingual or multilingual
speakers combine words from more than one language. Participating in
the study will not require you to submit your name and responses will
be anonymous. If you are interested, please go to the below URLs.

Survey URLs:
English-Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NBBMQR7
English-Dutch: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NBNGLK3
English-Chinese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NB6V57W
English-German: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NH7CDWV

Thank you very much,

Tatiana Fistrovic, Elly van Gelderen, Jane Grabowski, Jeff MacSwan,
and Qiong Xia.
LL Issue: 22.2381
Date posted: 07-Jun-2011


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