nyzoe (nyzoe) wrote in linguaphiles,

british english collection nouns, & more

Dear Linguaphiles,

A few months ago many British English speakers here helped me out greatly by sharing their ideas on collection nouns like team, family and committee and the kind of singular and plural predicates these words sound (un)natural with. I've since developed a few pilot experiments/questionnaires but it's getting harder and harder to find native speakers in my circle of acquaintance that haven't yet participated in any of my linguistic experiments. So I thought I'd post a link to my latest questionnaire (intuitive grammaticality judgements of 50 short sentences) on here.

Are you a native speaker of British/Irish English and can you spare 10-15 minutes for science? It would be great if you could fill out the questionnaire below (pick either version A or version B).

version A: http://www.thesistools.com/web/?id=328620
version B: http://www.thesistools.com/web/?id=328669

Also, I need a few native speakers whom I can contact via email with a slightly more complicated questionnaire (rating the truth of sentences in the context of pictures). It's a pilot so it's only 10 items and won't take you more than a few minutes. If you're interested in helping me out with this, please send me an email at amagana.forever@gmail.com

Thanks a ton! :)

ETA 27-3: I've taken version A offline since I have enough responses on that one, but version B could still use some respondents!

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