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Query Details

Query Subject:   English Refusal Questionnaire
Author:   Ahmed Abu Humeid
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Ahmed M.A. Abu Humeid from Iraq. I'm a university lecturer at the University of Babylon. I have tested Iraqi EFL university students at the College of Education, Department of English so as to find out the strategies that they manipulate when they reject. Now I want to find out the strategies that the British people use when they refuse in order to compare with those of Iraqi EFL university students. What I want is to answer the following questionnaire by using the following link:


Please, I would be grateful if you could help me in this matter and send it to your friend(s).

Good Luck

Ahmed Abu Humeid
LL Issue: 23.3701
Date posted: 05-Sep-2012


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