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native French speakers needed



Date Submitted: 29-Apr-2010
From: Laura Batterink
Subject: native French speakers needed
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Institution/Organization: University of Oregon

Notice: We are conducting an event-related potential study designed to investigate how the brain acquires and processes foreign language syntax. The study involves training native English speakers on a set of simple French sentences and then testing participants on French grammar rules using a subsequent grammaticality judgment task. In order to norm the sentences that are to be used in the grammaticality judgment task, we are looking for native French speakers who would be willing to read a subset of the sentences and rate them as grammatically correct or incorrect. The task should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you know of French speakers who would be willing to participate, we would very much appreciate any help you could give in recruiting them. Thank you very much!