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Query Details

Query Subject:   English Speakers Needed: Pragmatics Survey
Author:   Ali Malmir
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics

Query:   My name is Ali Malmir and I am a PhD candidate of TEFL at Allameh
Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran. I need to validate a pragmatic test on
speech acts by 60 native speakers of English. I have many financial
problems disabling me to travel to the United States of America. But I should
validate the test as a part of my PhD dissertation.

I am looking for native English speakers to take a Pragmatic Test on English
speech acts. You can access the survey here:


I really appreciate your help.
Best regards
Ali Malmir
+98 912 497 0116
LL Issue: 23.1809
Date posted: 09-Apr-2012


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