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Query Details

Query Subject:   Native English Speakers Needed: Pragmatics
Author:   Effat Hosseini
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics

Query:   Dear Sir/Ms,
As a university student majoring Applied Linguistics, I am working on a
research area related to “Pragmatics”. In order to gain more accurate
results in my study and compare the results based on a criterion, I
need to have access to English native speakers in order to answer my
questionnaire on speech acts uttered in daily conversations by
American Native Speakers in written form. Would you please be so kind
and guide me through finding some American Native speakers who are
university students (or have been graduated recently, regardless of
their field of study) who can answer my questionnaire? Is there any
possibility for me having access to them via email? (because, for the
time being, the only channel through which I can contact with them is

As the concept of pragmatics is to a large extent dependent on the
concept of culture, and every culture (context) has its own special
speech act pattens,I am going to examine only the speech act patterns
of American Native speakers. That's why I have used the term
''American Native speakers'' in my text with specific emphasis. As I
didn't know how I could attach my questionnair, I have put it at the end
of this text. It would be a great pleasure and honor for me if you lend
me a helping hand in this regard and answer it (if you are an American
Native speaker) or introduce me some Americans who can answer it
through email. Many thanks indeed, in advance.

Survey text available here: http://pastebin.com/KrBQB0R7

Sincerely yours,
Miss Effat,
LL Issue: 23.767
Date posted: 15-Feb-2012


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