Experimental syntax: applying objective methods to sentence judgements
This original work provides a concise introduction to methods that linguists may use to describe patterns of sentence "acceptability" in speech communities. Experimental Syntax will enable an investigator with a well-formed question about a matter of fact-- relative to sentence acceptability--to design, execute, and analyze an appropriate survey experiment. The book examines variability and demonstrates a method by which an investigator can make principled decisions as to whether individual informants do or do not use a particular "dialect." Furthermore, this well-formulated book shows how to determine whether two or more informants who use atypical dialects are using the same atypical dialect. Experimental Syntax is recommended to researchers and professionals in linguistics who are interested in learning more about the methods available for dialect and sentence structure studies.
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Error Variance in Sentence Judgments
Designing Experiments on Acceptability
The Sentence Judgment Task
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ABCDEFGHIJ analysis of variance ANOVA Answer Sheet appear Appendix applied appropriate block category scale cells Chapter column components constructed Coordination data point detect difference in acceptability discussed error variance experimental sentences f-test factors Fi(l Figure filler sentences formulas grammatical theory graph group of informants groups variance I-language individual informants inferential statistics informant's responses instructions interaction interval level interval scale investigator issues Item ID judged acceptability judgment data level of measurement linguistic magnitude estimation mean measurement ment methods naive informants NOTE NT/SE Object Extraction ordered script overall parsing particular patterns population preliminary script presented psychophysical questionnaire random numbers ratio scale procedures relative acceptability relevant reliable difference Remote Antecedent represent sample sentence acceptability sentence judgments sentence list sentence types session significant sort operations speakers spreadsheet stability standard deviation standard score statistical tests syntactic tences that"-trace effect that"-trace experiment tion token set values variability Wayne State College