LINGUIST List 17.3291|
Sun Nov 12 2006
Qs: Subconscious Linguistic Influences on Grading
Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows
We'd like to remind readers that the responses to queries are usually best posted to the individual asking the question. That individual is then strongly encouraged to post a summary to the list. This policy was
instituted to help control the huge volume of mail on LINGUIST; so we would appreciate your cooperating with it whenever it seems appropriate.
In addition to posting a summary, we'd like to remind people that it is usually a good idea to personally thank those individuals who have taken the trouble to respond to the query.
To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.html.
Subconscious Linguistic Influences on Grading
Message 1: Subconscious Linguistic Influences on Grading
From: Thomas Scott <tds101york.ac.uk>
Subject: Subconscious Linguistic Influences on Grading
I'm an MA student researching the effect of positive/negative connotations
of selected words in students' assignments on markers' grading decisions.
As part of my BA last year, I ran a pilot study that found that markers give
reliably lower grades to essays that contain examples with negative
connotations - all other things being equal.
I'm having trouble finding relevant literature to form a solid theoretical
background for my MA, though. Bargh, Chen and Burrows' ''Automaticity of
Social Behavior'' (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 71(2): 230-
244) includes a wonderful scrambled-sentence test that provides evidence
for such subconscious influences in a general sense, but I can't find anything
more specifically linguistic.
I feel sure that I can't be the first person to investigate this, but after days of
trawling through journals I've drawn a blank. Perhaps I'm not searching for
the right keywords; I'd be grateful for any references, any advice -- or heck,
any keywords I could search for!
Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue
Please report any bad links or misclassified data
LINGUIST Homepage | Read
LINGUIST | Contact us
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed
on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.