Online Language Study

Language Study

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Task

In this experiment you are first asked to read a sentence. Then you will read a paraphrase of it. Afterwards, you are asked to rate the aptness of the paraphrase on a scale from 1 (very unapt) to 5 (very apt): how well does the paraphrase describe the meaning of the sentence?

Procedure

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.

Experiment: Paraphrase judgements

Your task is to judge the aptness of the paraphrase.

You will consecutively be shown different sentences on the screen. Your task is to judge the aptness of the paraphrase and to indicate your assessment by choosing a value on a 5-point scale:
1 - very unapt
5 - very apt

Here are some examples:

Tom: "He took his money to the bank."
Tom said that he took his money to a financial institution.
This paraphrase is very apt. You could rate it with '4' or '5'.
 
Tom: "He took his money to the bank."
Tom said that he took his money to the shore.
This paraphrase is odd, but not totally nonsensical. You could rate it with '2' or '3'.
 
Tom: "He took his money to the bank."
Tom said that he took his money to a tree.
This paraphrase does not make any sense. You could rate it with '1'.


Final instructions

You may use a scale from 1-5 to rate the paraphrases.

Try to differentiate as many levels of aptness as possible.

Use higher values for apt paraphrases and lower values for unapt paraphrases.

You are asked to rate 72 sentences and the experiment will take about 15 minutes.

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

Ready? Press "Continue"!

Progress: 1.3%



Experimenter: Sarah Metzger, Universität Tübingen



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