[Fwd: sociolinguistics student needs help]

Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene at UCHICAGO.EDU
Mon Nov 14 06:10:55 UTC 2005

I just received this mail and thought some of us may want to help this
student, especially since the survey takes little time. Please respond
directly to her at the address below. I have pasted her questionnaire
below her mail, since I assume the list does not allow attachments..



-------- Original Message --------
Subject:        sociolinguistics student needs help
Date:   Sun, 13 Nov 2005 16:47:54 -0600
From:   Melanie M. Mueller <butchjr62 at comcast.net>
To:     <s-mufwene at uchicago.edu>

To Whom It May Concern,
I am a student at Northeastern Illinois University, currently enrolled
in a sociolinguistics class. Our professor has asked us to do a research
project. I chose to do mine on linguistics instructors and their use or
lack of using swear words in their personal vocabulary. This is a
serious request and I would really appreciate 10-15 minutes of your time
to fill out the attached survey, and return it to me. If you choose to
complete the survey, I thank you for your time.
Melanie M. Mueller
butchjr62 at comcast.net <mailto:butchjr62 at comcast.net>
P.S. The only criteria is that you are a linguistics instructor. And my
results will *_ABSOLUTELY_* be confidential. Again I thank You........M.M.M.



The focus of this survey is how linguists’ themselves use language. I am
interested in finding out if (as with one of my professors) they would
*/never/* utter a curse word, or if they get into the linguistic gutter
(so to speak) with us “common” folk. Of course no personal information
will be published, so please be as candid as possible.

1) Do you swear in front of your family?

2) Do you swear in front of (or at) your children?

3) What about in front of (or at) your spouse or life partner?

4) Do you swear around your colleagues, if so what are the circumstances?

5) Do you swear in front of your students? If so in what context?

6) Do you swear around or at your neighbors?

7) Are swear words part of your “normal” everyday vocabulary?

8) When you do use swear words what are the circumstances that caused
you to do so?

9) If/and/or/when you swear, what is your most frequently used word(s)?

10) How often would you say you swear (as in daily or weekly) whatever
would apply to you?

Please list your age, gender and level of instruction you teach-this is
strictly for statistical purposes, again, I will of course use no names
or references to places of employment in my findings.

Salikoko S. Mufwene                    s-mufwene at uchicago.edu
Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago                  773-702-8531; FAX 773-834-0924
Department of Linguistics
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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