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Language production experiments as tools for corpus construction: A contrastive study of complementizer agreement

Matthias Fingerhuth ORCID logo and Ludwig Maximilian Breuer

Abstract

The investigation of linguistic phenomena in corpora of spontaneous speech is sometimes hindered by corpus size or by the complexity of the factors influencing their occurrence. Language Production Experiments (LPEs) can specifically elicit such phenomena and can therefore be used to build corpora that allow for their investigation. Yet experiments are a wide category that covers very different tasks, and there is little empirical research that compares speakers’ response behavior to different task types. In this paper, we compare the responses of a group of 22 speakers to a translation task and a completion task, both of which target the syntactic phenomena complementizer agreement (CA). The results indicate that both experimental methods offer legitimate ways to investigate the phenomenon with specific advantages and disadvantages. However, a comparison of results from both tasks allows for insights that a single task could not have provided.


Corresponding author: Matthias Fingerhuth, Universitätsbibliothek, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, E-mail: and Ludwig Maximilian Breuer, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities & Cultural Heritage, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria, E-mail:

The research for this publication took place in the context of the SFB “German in Austria” FWF F060 in the in the Project Part “Speech Repertories and Varietal Spectra” (FWF F06003, principal investigator: Alexandra N. Lenz). The SFB is funded by the Austrian Science Fund.


Funding source: Austrian Science Fund

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The online version of this article offers supplementary material (https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2019-0075).


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