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Experimental Syntax
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Experimental Syntax
Applying Objective Methods to Sentence Judgments



March 1997 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book provides a concise yet thorough introduction to methods that linguists can use to study patterns of sentence acceptability in speech.

Experimental Syntax shows how to design, execute and analyze an appropriate survey experiment for a well-formed question about a matter of fact relative to sentence acceptability. The book also examines variability and demonstrates a method by which an investigator can make principled decisions as to whether two or more informants who use atypical dialects are using the same atypical dialect.

 
Introduction
Are Judgements Stable?

 
 
Error Variance in Sentence Judgements
 
Designing Experiments on Acceptability
 
The Sentence Judgement Task
 
Presenting Sentence Materials to Informants
 
Response Methods and Scaling Issues
 
Sampling
 
Settings for Experiments
 
The Organization and Construction of Questionnaires
 
Coding and Decoding the Data
 
Summarizing the Data
 
Statistical Issues

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