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

  • Jon Sprouse (a1) and Diogo Almeida (a2)


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.



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