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Transcribing non-native speakers of English

Create verbatim transcriptions of short interviews with non-native speakers of English, talking about their experiences in the USA.

As part of a PhD dissertation project, non-native speakers of English are being recruited to participate in some tasks that investigate their acquisition of "vernacular like". This means non-standard uses of "like" as a quotative introducer (He was like, "See you later!"), an approximator (It weighs like a hundrded pounds), and a discourse particle (He like didn't want to like talk to me.) We ask (i) whether non-native speakers acquire all of these likes, and use them in the same way as native speakers and (ii) whether they acquire the same attitudes to these non-standard likes.

We hope to hire assistants to transcribe the short interview portions of the non-native speaker tasks. Training will be provided on campus, but the work itself can be performed off-campus. We would like a minimum commitment of 20 hours total, and these hours can be spread over several weeks. The pay is $10/hour


Undergraduate student at Michigan State University. Native fluency in English desirable but not required. Attention to detail and accuracy. Excellent English grammar and spelling. Interest in languages and language variation a plus.

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Suzanne Wagner ( wagnersu )
Posted: 17-11-30
Start Date: 17-11-30
End Date: 18-02-23

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