Acceptability, Decision-making and Parsing (1/4)

Lundi 20 Mai 2019, 16:00 to 18:00
Brian Dillon (Amherst, invité Labex EFL)
Ewan Dunbar (LLF)

LLF – Bât. ODG – 5e étage – Salle Laplanche (576)

Brian Dillon (University of Massachusetts – Amherst)
Acceptability, Decision-making and Parsing

We will explore why, and how, to use Signal Detection Theory (SDT) to model acceptability judgment data. I will specifically discuss i) how Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) modeling can be applied to rating data, ii) how SDT can be used to distinguish bimodal from unimodal response patterns, and iii) the potential pitfalls of analyzing rating data using standard statistical techniques.


  • Bader, M., & Häussler, J. (2010). Toward a model of grammaticality judgments. Journal of Linguistics, 46(2), 273-330.
  • Dillon, B. & Wagers, M. (in press). Approaching gradience in acceptability with the tools of signal detection theory.

Also recommended

  • Langsford, S., Perfors, A., Hendrickson, A. T., Kennedy, L. A., & Navarro, D. J. (2018). Quantifying sentence acceptability measures: Reliability, bias, and variability. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3(1).