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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Query Details

Query Subject:   British Native Speaking participants needed
Author:   Elaheh Nosratirad
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   My name is Elaheh Nosratirad, and I am a PhD student at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, conducting research on Individual differences in EFL: The effect of sex and proficiency on EFL requests and apologies.

I am currently in the pilot test phase of the assessment questionnaire and the scenarios I'm planning to use in my online MET (online Multimedia Elicitation Task), and I'm still looking for British native speakers of English who would be willing to complete a questionnaire containing 10 scenarios.
The questionnaire should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire can be accessed here (further
instructions are provided in the questionnaire):

I would appreciate if you please fill it out and email it to me. If you would like to help me with my research by completing the questionnaire and/or passing it on to (other) suitable participants, I'd appreciate it very much. If you have any questions about my project, don't hesitate to contact me at or

Thank you for considering my request - I'm very grateful for any support.


Elaheh Nosratirad
LL Issue: 25.2815
Date posted: 05-Jul-2014