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LINGUIST List 23.43

Tue Jan 03 2012

Qs: Test to find native English speakers

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        1.     Roman Kutlak , Test to find native English speakers

Message 1: Test to find native English speakers
Date: 29-Dec-2011
From: Roman Kutlak <kutlak.romangmail.com>
Subject: Test to find native English speakers
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Hello, I would like to do an experiment that involves a language and I
would like to give my participants a simple test that determines whether
they are native English speakers. A colleague of mine recommended me a
Cloze test of the following form:

Fill in each blank with a word from the next set between { and }.
Scarcely ____ ____ {I, ME, HAD, WOULD, NEVER} brought down the gavel
when there was an outburst of shouting from the gallery. The junta had
sent ___ {THEIR, ITS, NO, IT'S, TO} infamous enforcers and they had begun
knocking journalists down and beating them with whatever came ___ {FOR,
FROM, TO, IN, AT} hand.

The provided solution was HAD, I, THEIR/ITS and TO/AT.

I was wondering whether this is a good way of doing it or whether there are
some standard tests/sentences.

Thank you very much.


Roman Kutlak

Linguistic Field(s): Translation

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