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ERIC Number: ED137788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Acceptability Experiments: Compliance and Evaluation Tests.
This paper discusses the use of compliance tests and evaluation tests in two experiments dealing with specific questions of acceptability in English syntax. The experiments, conducted in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, involved undergraduate students in their third or fourth years. The compliance tests, which are operation oriented and require that a task be performed on a sentence, were given before the evaluation tests, which elicit attitudes and require an explicit judgment on the acceptability of a sentence. The results of both tests are discussed and compared for the following: intensifiers, disjuncts, time adverbs, adjectives in extraposed ("it") clauses, adjective clauses, coordination ellipsis, and jumbled sentences. Tables of results and appendixes which include some of the tests and instruction sheets are attached. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee.