Setting the empirical record straight: Acceptability judgments appear to be reliable, robust, and replicable

Jon Sprouse, Diogo Almeida

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Branigan & Pickering (B&P) advocate the use of syntactic priming to investigate linguistic representations and argue that it overcomes several purported deficiencies of acceptability judgments. While we recognize the merit of drawing attention to a potentially underexplored experimental methodology in language science, we do not believe that the empirical evidence supports B&P's claims about acceptability judgments. We present the relevant evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e311
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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