Grammaticality Judgment Task

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  • In a grammaticality judgment task, participants are presented with a sentence, phrase, or individual word (most often in spoken form but sometimes written) and asked to rate its grammatical acceptability. Adults can be asked directly to make a judgment regarding acceptability (although grammaticality and related terms are usually avoided because the aim is to tap into speakers' intuitions about what sounds right, rather than their knowledge of explicit grammatical rules of the type that are sometimes taught in schools). Children are typically asked to judge whether a particular speaker (generally a puppet or toy, as children may be reluctant to correct an adult) said it right or whether his or her speech sounded a bit silly.

    Children may be asked to provide either binary or graded ...

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