About Inflectional Morphology Experiments

How does language work?  How do children learn their mother tongue?  Why do languages change over time, making Shakespearean English difficult for us
and Chaucer's English almost incomprehensible?  Why do languages have so many quirks and irregularities?  Are they all fundamentally alike?  How are new words
created?  Where in the brain does language reside?

These are the kinds of questions we are addressing in our program of experimental research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. One component of this research is a series of web-based experiments designed to explore people's intuitions about simple words and sentences. Participation is easy and completely confidential.  Each experiment takes about 30 minutes and involve simple ratings of English sentences.  Please allow yourself enough time to complete each experiment without interruption. Also, please do not discuss the questions with anybody else, or consult any texts or outside material, while you are filling out the surveys.

Please note that all tests require fluency in English.

Finally, we ask that you only take each experiment once. Thank you for your participation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at inflmrph@wjh.harvard.edu.  

Experiment 1 (Completed)
Experiment 2 (Completed)
Experiment 3 (Completed)
Experiment 4