Data Collection Advice
Henrik.Rosenkvist at nordlund.lu.se
Wed Oct 26 07:09:22 UTC 2011
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
2010, but that requires advanced statistics. Bader & Häussler, comparing
the two methods, concludes that "Practical matters aside, we do not
think that there are strong reasons to favor one method over the other."
(Bader & Häussler 2009:322).
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
2 = possibly in accordance with general language use (you may
perhaps say so in certain
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
I think that acceptable/non-acceptable leads the informant to grade
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
Alison Henry 2005 about this).
A starting point is also Cornips & Poletto 2005, and, of course, Schütze
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.
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