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[linguistics] Request for native English speaker judgements

Dear livejournal readers, I once again require your judgements on the acceptability of certain sentences/questions, given a specific context. Therefore, if you care to indulge a poor linguistics graduate student, please click through to read the details:


Such, such linguistic love have I for you.



Instructions:
I would like you to rate the sentences/questions below on a scale from 0-5 where…

5 = "Perfectly fine. I would say this. I would hear this. My brain
would be happy."

4 = "Something seems just a bit wrong, but I might say this or hear
this and my brain would still be reasonably happy. If someone else
said this, I might notice but I wouldn't be bothered enough to try to correct it or say it in a 'better' way."

3 = "Well, I understand what it means, but this is weird enough that I would notice and be bothered enough to try to correct it or say it in a 'better' way."

2 = "Well, I mostly understand what it means, but it sounds really weird. If someone else said this, I would have to try to correct it just to make sure I got what the person actually meant."

1 = "Buh? You make my head hurt with your strange linguistic
manipulations. I sort of understand what you mean…but ouch. If someone else said this, I would assume they were from Betelgeuse."

0 = "My brain exploded. The pain. What on earth does this mean? If
someone else said this, I would know they were from Betelgeuse."

Note: Some of the sentences/questions may in fact feel better to you than others. Hence, you get a scale. Also, feel free to add explanations to your judgements if you want.

Plea: Please, please, please do not look at other people's judgements before you make your own. Otherwise, you may be influenced by their judgements and then I'll have to cry. It'd be terrible to make me cry - I'm truly pitiful.




The Context:

Jack has been trained in musical theater and finds the operatic style to be a stilted and often overblown way to sing most of the songs he prefers. If you ask him, he'll tell you that he greatly dislikes this way of singing. Lily, however, really, really likes the soaring, operatic style. If you ask her, she'll tell you that this is the best way to sing any song ever.


The Sentences/Questions
Please rate the sentences/questions in bold. The other part is just a lead-in to make the sentence/question more natural-sounding in conversation.


  1. Speaker: "Well, it's clear to me that Jack and Lily have conflicting opinions on how to sing a song: Lily adores the way that Jack despises."

  2. Speaker: "Wait, I didn't get a chance to talk to Jack about his opinions on how to sing a song. What way does Jack despise?"

  3. Speaker: "Well, it's clear to me that Jack and Lily have conflicting opinions on how to sing a song: Lily adores how Jack despises."


Tags: academic, acceptability, linguistics
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