Towards an Experimental Paradigm for Testing Knowledge of Definiteness.

Aviya Hacohen, Leah R. Paltiel-Gedalyovich

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This paper discusses the surprisingly complex process of designing an experimental procedure to test Hebrew-speaking adults' knowledge of definiteness. Initial attempts to obtain implicit judgments of the appropriateness of the use of the determiners in "given" unique and "non-given" non-unique contexts failed to render distinctive judgments of definite versus indefinite NPs. This was true for a variety of procedures, including two versions of object selection and an act-out task. The predicted distinction was successful achieved exclusively by instructing participants to provide explicit judgments of the appropriateness of the use of the (in) definite determiner.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)7-29
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Mind, Brain & Cognition
Issue number1/2
StatePublished - 2015


  • DEFINITENESS (Linguistics)
  • DETERMINERS (Grammar)
  • HEBREW language

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