Henrik Rosenkvist Henrik.Rosenkvist at nordlund.lu.se
Wed Oct 26 07:09:22 UTC 2011

```Hi!

There are two basic ways of elicating quanttitative judgements: absolute
judgements (on different scales) or magnitude estimation. The trendiest
method is probably magnitude estimation (see for instaince Heycock et al
the two methods, concludes that "Practical matters aside, we do not
think that there are strong reasons to favor one method over the other."

In the ScanDiaSyn field work, we have been using a 5-degree scale, and
in my latest questionnarie study I formulated the alternatives as below:

Grade the sentences in this leaflet on a scale 1–5.
1 = not at all in accordance with general language use (you never
say so)
2 = possibly in accordance with general language use (you may
perhaps say so in certain
circumstances)
3 = in partial accordance with general language use (sometimes you
can say so)
4 = in accordance with general language use (you can say so)
5 = in full accordance with general language use (this is what you
normally say)

sentences according to sociolinguistic norms.

It is worth pointing out that in a large study with many informants, the
method chosen is the only factor determining reliability. If the
researcher has trained a group of informants and has had regular
sessions with them, the situation is different (see a good paper by

A starting point is also Cornips & Poletto 2005, and, of course, Schütze
(1996).

best

Henrik R.

s.t. bischoff skrev:
> Hello all,
>
> Some colleagues and I are working on a survey to find  out what types of
> code-switching  might be acceptable (in terms of traditional grammaticallity
> judgments) for constructions like the following.
>
> (1) The toy verde was my favorite
> (2) The casa big está a la venta
> (3) Leamos juntos el book interesante
> (4) No me gusta the cuchillo sharp
>
> We want use the data to develop some psycholinguistic experiments regarding
> code-switching.  At the moment we are trying to determine a good way to
> collect responses. We intend to provide an online survey with examples like
> 1 through 4, but haven't worked out how to collect the responses. We've seen
> different ways in which this has been done, with linguists often simply
> providing an "acceptable" or "not acceptable"  choice and psychologist
> providing at times up to seven different options. . Any thoughts or advice
> on what has been useful and what hasn't been useful for folks would be
> welcome. We want the survey to be short and simple and we aware of the many
> pitfalls of grammaticallity judgements.
>
> Thanks,
> Shannon
>

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Henrik Rosenkvist
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