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Developmental Psychology :: 24. 04. 2008 ::
:: How Likely? - A Plausibility Survey
  Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Snedeker
Harvard University
  What kinds of information do we use in our everyday language comprehension? Word order, general knowledge, intonation, emotion... and plausibility. If you hear a restaurant employee ask "Can I bake your order?" you know that the resulting interpretation is implausible. It would be much more plausible to ask "Can I take your order?" In this study, we ask you to rate the plausibility of 48 sentences describing events taking place in a playroom setting. We hope to use these ratings as the basis for a more extensive exploration of our use of plausibility in language processing.
Less than 10 minutes!