Hobby-hacking Eric


native speakers wanted

Sorry, this is a little off-topic for koweycode, but we would be interested to have some native speakers participating in a little experiment.

All you have to do is to read some encyclopaedic texts and plug some stuff into drop-down-boxes along the way. There are NO WRONG ANSWERS. We want to see your answers and to learn from them. It only takes a few minutes (but you can do as much of it as you want).

We are now running the second instalment of an experiment in which we ask people to select referential expressions (REs) that refer to the main subject in the context of a simple encyclopaedic text. The idea is to investigate to what extent people agree when choosing REs. The experiment is designed as a multiple choice task, where REs can be selected from a menu. The texts are short and can usually be done in under a minute.

We would like to ask any native speakers of English who have a few minutes to spare to help us complete the experiment. It would be great if participants could do at least three texts, but you can do as many as you like.

There is more information on the experiment website. To participate, simply read the instructions and then click on the 'start experiment' button at the bottom of the page:


Any non-native speakers who would like to try out the experiment can do so at this alternative website:


We would be very grateful for any feedback, comments and suggestions.
Many thanks for your time,

Anja Belz

Regretfully, this has not been coded up in Haskell. But surely that is forgivable :-)


Luke Palmer said...

In my opinion, there is a lot of awkward wording, places I would have left out the reference altogether (but in a way more complex than just omitting a word). Most of these are caused by superfluous "of".

For example, on the article Pico Piedras Blancas: "from ___ summit and under clear conditions, Lake Maracaibo is perfectly seen." The word I would put in the blank is "the", which was not an option.

The following sentence is another good example (demonstrating the superfluous "of" business): "One of the accesses to reach the base of ____, ..."

I would have said "One of the accesses to reach its base ...", but "the base of it" sounds terrible.

This is all probably irrelevant to your study, but I thought I'd say something...

kowey said...

Many thanks! I am very grateful to have these kinds of comments. I'll forward them along.