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Query Details

Query Subject:   Native English Speakers Needed for Survey
Author:   Tania Ionin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Psycholinguistics
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Dear Colleagues,

I am looking for native speakers of English who are willing to complete
an online survey on the interpretation of comparative expressions (part
of a project on comparatives, joint with Ora Matushansky). Please see
the recruitment message below. Both linguists and non-linguists are
encouraged to participate - please forward this message to other
native English speakers.

Thank you!
Tania Ionin

**Recruitment Message**
Native speakers of English are being invited to participate in a study of
how certain grammatical structures are interpreted in English. The
study involves answering a short survey on the web, about the
acceptability of certain structures in English. The study will take
between 15 and 30 minutes to complete; there is no compensation for

If you are a native speaker of English and would like to participate,
please send an email to Tania Ionin, tionin@illinois.edu. If you prefer to
remain anonymous, please go directly to the url for the survey:

This study has been approved by the University of Illinois Institutional
Review Board.
LL Issue: 22.2445
Date posted: 13-Jun-2011


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