Methodology

Subliminal wh-islands in Brazilian Portuguese and the consequences for syntactic theory

Categorical acceptability judgments form an important and productive heuristic that provides a substantial body of data to theoretical linguists. Despite its popularity, however, they might not always provide an accurate representation of the …

A comparison of informal and formal acceptability judgments using a random sample from Linguistic Inquiry 2001-2010

The goal of the present study is to provide a direct comparison of the results of informal judgment collection methods with the results of formal judgment collection methods, as a first step in understanding the relative merits of each family of …

The role of experimental syntax in an integrated cognitive science of language

Acceptability judgments form the primary empirical foundation for generative syntactic theories (Chomsky 1965, Schütze 1996). As such, the methodology of acceptability judgment collection has been a topic of research since the earliest days of …