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 Badryah Alalawi is a current PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, where she also obtained her MA in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests encompass pragmatics, intercultural healthcare communication, and politeness. Specifically, her research delves into the communication practices of nurses with diverse cultural backgrounds who utilise English as a lingua franca in Saudi hospitals. You can find Badryah on Twitter @_Badryah0_

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