LINGUIST List 26.2806

Mon Jun 08 2015

Qs: Sociolinguistic Paraphrasing in Academia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 07-Jun-2015
From: Mark Fletcher <>
Subject: Sociolinguistic Paraphrasing in Academia
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Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone (depending on timezone),

I hope you are well and everything is moving forward for you. I know that many of you are busy, but I was hoping that you might be able to help me out with my studies. I am currently studying for my PhD in Applied Linguistics, more specifically, Paraphrasing, Forensic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Plagiarism. I am investigating different structural patterns that are used during paraphrasing. At the moment, I am over 2 years into my studies, and I am now at the stage where I need to collect my data to analyse for my final thesis/dissertation, which is where I was hoping you might be able to assist me by completing a task.

In order to complete the task, all you need to do is click on the link below, which will take you to The first part of the task involves reading a short paragraph and then paraphrasing it in Academic English, and the second part of the task is a quick demographic survey. The average time to complete both tasks appears to be between 15-25 minutes. I know it is a lot to ask, but if you could find the time to complete this task, I would be truly grateful. Additionally, if you could pass on the link to friends and colleagues who are either English Teachers, or who have a degree or equivalent in an English related field, then I would be extremely grateful.

Here is the link:

Thank you in advance for your help in my research. For every 50 legitimate responses, there is going to be a prize draw for online store vouchers that are relevant to your current location.

If you have any questions regarding this research, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact details at the end of the survey. Thank you for your help.

Kindest regards,

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discipline of Linguistics
                            Forensic Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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