The language-as-fixed-effect fallacy: A critique of language statistics in psychological research

@inproceedings{Clark1973TheLF,
  title={The language-as-fixed-effect fallacy: A critique of language statistics in psychological research},
  author={Herbert H. Clark},
  year={1973}
}
Current investigators of words, sentences, and other language materials almost never provide statistical evidence that their findings generalize beyond the specific sample of language materials they have chosen. Nevertheless, these same investigators do not hesitate to conclude that their findings are true for language in general. In so doing, it is argued, they are committing the language-as-fixed-effect fallacy, which can lead to serious error. The problem is illustrated for one well-known… CONTINUE READING

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