Current Projects:

Title of project Restrictions on participants OK for 300-level and higher courses? OK for ELI? Main Activity Location for participation Sign up Researcher
English speakers’ perception of speech native speakers of English yes no listening to audio recordings and selecting syllables Phonetics lab, Gen lab, Slab Sign up Peter Chong
Language and Landscape Hawaiian speakers (HAW 301 level or higher) who have lived in Hawai'i for at least 10 years yes no List things that belong to categories SLAB (Moore 264) Sign up Catherine Lee
Listening to Lakota sounds none yes no Listening to words in another language Moore 264 (SLAB) On hold Amber Camp
Processing sentences in Chinese: An eye-tracking study Second language learners of Chinese; must be at 300-level Chinese or above yes no listening to short sentences in Chinese Moore 427 On hold Theres Grüter
Processing sentences in English: A self-paced reading study native speaker of English yes yes Reading sentences in English Online On hold Haerim Hwang
rating speakers in Hawai’i native language Pidgin or Hawai`i English (born and raised in Hawai`i). [Sorry, not for speakers raised on the mainland.] yes yes listening to sentences, rating speakers Phon Lab (Moore 162), Gen Lab (TP 107) On hold Claire Stabile
Reading various types of noun phrases in English Native speakers of English yes no Acceptability rating of English phrases online On hold Yuki Hirose
Sentence completion and translation Native speakers of Korean yes yes English sentence completion, English-to-Korean translation, English lexical decision, close test Moore 264 Sign up Hyunwoo Kim
Story Continuation Second language speakers of English who did not have substantial exposure to English before age 8 (must not have participated in Story Continuation in previous semesters) yes yes listen to stories while looking at pictures and answer questions about them (includes eye-tracking) Moore 427 On hold Amy Schafer & Theres Grüter

How to participate in the research option (18 years or older, only)

To sign up for a research project:

  • Look at the list of research projects listed above.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
  • Read the restrictions carefully to make sure you can participate. If
    the restrictions say “normal or corrected-to-normal vision”, you CAN participate if you
    wear glasses or contact lenses. At least one project per semester will be open to any
    student. However, there may be a limited number of participation slots available.
  • Sign up following the directions for each study.
  • Please, BE ON TIME. If you are not on time for your appointment, you
    may have to reschedule, or may be unable to participate in that project.
  • If you don’t like any of the current options, check back later in the semester.

At the research activity:

The researcher is required to describe the activity and get your consent to
participate before you begin. In most studies, you are doing a simple and ordinary
activity, such as reading words or sentences from a computer screen. All studies in
this program have been reviewed by the UH Committee on Human Studies.
Ask the researcher to explain anything you don’t understand about the activity.

This is an opportunity for you to learn more about research in linguistics, and the
careers of researchers in linguistics. Please feel free to ask the researcher things
like how he or she got interested in this topic.

At the end of the study, the researcher will give you a written description that describes the project (a “feedback” form). You can use this to help you answer questions that get turned into your instructor, but please do not share it with other students. Be sure to ask the researcher questions if you do not understand the value or purpose of the study, and how it relates to your class.

To get credit for participation, the researcher will activate access for you to the online project-feedback page. See the instructions on the right sidebar for more information about getting credit.