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Instruments for Measuring Grammaticality: The Status of Modified NPs in English and Korean

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Title: Instruments for Measuring Grammaticality: The Status of Modified NPs in English and Korean
Authors: Masterson, Deborah
Issue Date: 1992
Abstract: We examine three data collection instruments in this study, the elicited imitation task (EI), the reaction time task (RT), and the written judgment, or "paper and pencil" task (P&P). We use these instruments to collect native language baseline data. Results of this experiment indicate that different tasks distinguish between judgments of what is "grammatical" and judgments of what is "preferred" by participants. Judgments of grammaticality appear to essentially binary, that is, a particular structure rates a very high score or a very low score on a scale which allows a range of values, whereas judgments of preference, a measure of ease of processing, take advantage of the full range of possible values, producing scores along a continuum of acceptability. Results also appear to be affected by other factors such as the type of participant and the experimental conditions.
Pages/Duration: 32 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/38607
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