1. The Art of request

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    Investigate the art of request; compile statistics of the most successful and commonly used means of making requests today.

    Research question

    Does the language form of an oral request affect its execution?


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    Why use data from multiple participants?

    Broad participation of the GlobalLab community in this project would allow a large-scale study of the “request” speech genre as it is used in everyday communication.

    Investigation Protocol

    1. Observe your family and friends during a 10-day period. Remember or write down requests they make of you or each other in everyday situations (bring a cup of tea, make a sandwich, close a window, etc.)
      Remember that a request can be made in a variety of forms; it can be worded as a question or as a statement. For example, “Will you pour me a cup of tea?” or “I am hungry”!
    2. Choose one of the requests you hear and answer the questions in the Report Form. Choose a request based on its popularity and familiarity. Note whether the request was a typical one or one unusual for this person.
    3. Take part in discussing the project, keep an ear tuned to the speech around you, and help in creating a collective portrait of the request as a genre of modern speech.

    Safety tips

    None required

    Report Form Before filling in the Report Form, please read the Investigation Protocol