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I am working on a project investigating the connection between acceptability/grammaticality judgments and speaker's underlying linguistic competence. This project in part involves looking at the reliability and consistency of such judgments across groups of speakers.
One issue that I am grappling with is the lack of a standard set of instructions used for such tasks, and I am hoping that those of you who have experience conducting such tasks could provide me with the instructions that you used. This will allow me to get a better idea of what is typical in the field.
If you have conducted a judgment task (in any language) and would be willing to send me the set of instructions you provided to your subjects as well as very brief line about what you were investigating (or a reference for any relevant publications), I would very much appreciate it.
I also welcome any references to work that you are aware of that uses acceptability/grammaticality judgments and contains explicit instructions.
I have already consulted Schutze (1996) and Sprouse (2007) and the references therein.