Accession Number : AD0707354

Title :   PRINCIPAL COMPONENT ANALYSIS OF RATINGS OF SOME DEVIANT ENGLISH SENTENCES,

Corporate Author : PRINCETON UNIV N J

Personal Author(s) : Danks,Joseph H. ; Lewis,Charles

Report Date : FEB 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : The comprehension of deviant sentences, a not infrequent demand in natural situations, is dependent on several linguistic variables. Grammaticalness, meaningfulness, and familiarity are three variables which are potentially such. In order to study the effect of violating these variables upon responses to deviant sentences, 85 deviant and 15 correct sentences were assigned to eight groups representing all combinations of two values (correct or deviant) on these three variables. The 100 sentences were given to four equal groups of subjects, who rated each sentence from 0 to 10 on the basis of either grammaticalness, meaningfulness, familiarity, or ordinariness. The data of the first three groups were then combined into an 84 by 100 matrix. A principal components analysis was performed on the cross-product matrix with a varimax rotation. Four interpretable factors emerged, accounting for 89% of the variability. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ENGLISH LANGUAGE, *SPEECH), (*SYNTAX, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), LINGUISTICS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE, GRAMMARS, SPEECH RECOGNITION, SEMANTICS, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE