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Dell Hymes paradigm Speaking is a wonderful way to assess as well as organize a case study Each letter in this paradigm represents a word in which furthers the investigation into the case study The first letter is S which stands for setting It was sophomore year in college and I was so excited to get back to school and live with Jess again This year all of us would be living together What could be better than seven of my friends all in one place I wait and wait and see that Jess has not arrived yet I blame it on traffic and simply finish unpacking and catching up with the girls Then the dreaded phone call Jess would not be coming back to school this semester due to an abrupt family emergency that would ultimately keep her away for the whole semester The tears flowed as I realized that my best friend would not be coming back and somehow I would have to live without her Within ten minutes though my RA Resident Advisor comes and tells me not to fear that he has found me another roommate whom I will share the semester with her name being Lee I am excited yet fear the uncertainty of the future When my roommate arrives we see that she is of Asian descent and speaks minimal English Our RA told us that she has just arrived from Korea a mere three months ago The second letter of the Dell Hymes paradigm is P which stands for participants In this case study the participants included myself the other six girls I lived with and our new roommate Lee who was of Asian descent and did not speak much English Dell Hymes third letter of the paradigm is A which stands for actor sequence By this Hymes meant things that were expected as well as things that were not expected In meeting
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