Ling 132: Language Processing Summer 2019final version.final version.
Formatting: Times New Roman, 12p, 7-10 pages, double or single spaced. The page
count includes in-text figures, footnotes and bibliography. It is more important to
communicate your ideas clearly than to worry about the length of the paper (or word
count). Use APA style referencing.
(See https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/02/ for a guide).
Outline: Include the following sections in your paper.
Discuss previous research and theoretical proposals (e.g. models discussed in class) that
motivated the experiment.
Present one hypothesis of sentence processing (e.g. the Garden Path Model), along with
an alternative hypothesis (e.g. the Constraint-based Model, the Good-Enough Model, or
your own!). Explain how the hypotheses differ from each other.
Discuss any assumptions you would need to make to interpret the finding of the study.
Materials and Methods
Provide information on your design (including IV, DV, control variables, and how
participants are assigned to conditions), participants (number, demographic information),
materials (providing one sample material in the body of the paper and using it to explain
your experimental conditions and manipulation) and procedure (a step-by-step
description of the experiment).
You should also discuss what predictions each of your hypotheses make.
Results and Discussion
Copy (at least) one of the plots provided into your paper and use it to discuss the main
findings. (Any plots you show should also be described verbally, in detail).
Highlight the most important findings.
Discuss whether the results follow your predictions presented in the previous section, by
referring to each of the two hypotheses.
Ling 132: Language Processing Summer 2019
Summarize the results again, saying which hypothesis they support.
Discuss anything in the experiment that was surprising, as well as things that could be
improved if the study was run again.
How would you address any open questions? Propose a potential follow-up with different
materials or a different method.
Link the findings back to the central questions of Sentence Processing (i.e. what
properties does the language processing mechanism have?).
If you discuss any previous research, or consult materials other than the slides and the
textbook (e.g. external course readings), put the references here in APA format.
Make sure that all references here also occur in the text.
You do not need to read any external literature, but it can be very helpful. Feel free to ask
Marju for additional papers to read.
Style: It is important that your paper is written clearly.
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