Online Language Study

Language Study

Thanks a lot for your participation in this experiment!


In this experiment you are asked to rate the naturalness of sentences on a scale from 1 (very unnatural) to 7 (very natural).


First I will ask you to enter some information about your person into a data window. This data serves purely scientific purposes and will be treated anonymously. All personal information will be deleted after the completion of the study. Before the experiment starts, you can do a first practice phase with a few sentences. Then the actual experiment starts.

Experiment: Sentence judgements

Your task is to judge the naturalness of sentences.

You will consecutively be shown different sentence types on the screen. Your task is to judge the naturalness of the sentence and to indicate your assessment by choosing a value on a 7-point scale:
1 - very unnatural
7 - very natural

Here are some examples:

The father fetches the food for the children.
This sentence sounds very natural. You could rate it with '6' or '7'.
The father fetches the children it.
This sentence sounds a little bit odd, but not totally unnatural. You could rate it with '3' or '4'.
The father food the fetches the children.
This sentence is very unnatural. You could rate it with '1'.

Final instructions

You may use a scale from 1-7 to rate the sentences.

Try to differentiate as many levels of naturalness as possible.

Use higher values for natural sentences and lower values for unnatural sentences.

You are asked to rate 48 sentences and the experiment will take about 15 minutes.

There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. Just follow your instincts.

Ready? Press "Continue"!

Progress: 1.8%

Experimenter: Andreas Kehl, Universität Tübingen

Das Experiment wurde mit der freien Software OnExp_v.1.2 erstellt.