Using Mechanical Turk to Obtain and Analyze English Acceptability Judgments

@article{Gibson2011UsingMT,
  title={Using Mechanical Turk to Obtain and Analyze English Acceptability Judgments},
  author={Edward Gibson and Steve Piantadosi and Kristina Fedorenko},
  journal={Language and Linguistics Compass},
  year={2011},
  volume={5},
  pages={509-524}
}
The prevalent method in theoretical syntax and semantics research involves obtaining a judgment of the acceptability of a sentence ⁄ meaning pair, typically by just the author of the paper, sometimes with feedback from colleagues. The weakness of the traditional non-quantitative single-sentence ⁄ single-participant methodology, along with the existence of cognitive and social biases, has the unwanted effect that claims in the syntax and semantics literature cannot be trusted. Even if most of… CONTINUE READING

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