LINGUIST List 14.1117

Tue Apr 15 2003

Qs: Emerging Pronunciations; ESL/EFL Assertiveness

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  1. Rob Hagiwara, emerging pronunciation of 'presentation'
  2. Alireza Omidi, Research question!

Message 1: emerging pronunciation of 'presentation'

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 15:43:11 +0000
From: Rob Hagiwara <>
Subject: emerging pronunciation of 'presentation'

Does anyone have any data on the variable use or extent of the
pronunications of 'presentation' with [i] (high front tense) vs. [E]
(mid front lax) in the first syllable? When did this start to become
common? Is it limited to particular areas/social groups? Is there a
difference between the two forms (for people who have both)?

I'll be happy to post a summary, if interest warrants. 

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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Message 2: Research question!

Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 00:02:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Alireza Omidi <>
Subject: Research question!

 Dear Sirs,

I am an MA student of ELT in TMU university, Tehran Iran.I am now
working on my thesis titled " The Relationship between Assertiveness
and EFL Students' Ability in Oral Argumentation".But the problem is
that I can not find any related literature concerning assertiveness
and foreign language learning in general and in particular.

I would be indebtful to you if you would provide me with some
literature on this subject.(any material concerning the personality
trait"assertiveness" and oral argumentation or oral proficiency in
EFL/ESL and their evaluation, etc are welcome).

Sincerely yours

A.O. Oskouei


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