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
Child Hawaii Creole (Pidgin) listener rating task Native speaker of Hawaii Creole (Pidgin) yes yes listen to audio clips and rate on scale of HC and English online Sign up Bethany Schwartz
Chinese sentence reading task Native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and learners of Mandarin Chinese with certain proficiency (at least completed 100 level classes) yes no reading Chinese sentences SLAB Sign up Jing Crystal Zhong
Comprehension and Production of Sentences in First and Second Language Acquisition Native speakers of English; Native speakers of Korean or Chinese who are second language learners of English yes yes Rating sentences in English SLAB On hold Haerim Hwang
English Sentence Production Native speakers of English yes yes Picture description LAE Labs On hold Dr. William O’Grady & Gyu-Ho Shin
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
Listening sentences in English: An eye-tracking study Native speakers of English yes no Listening to short sentences in English and selecting a picture Moore 427 On hold Hyunwoo Kim
Picture rating no knowledge of Chinese yes yes rate how well certain words describe pictures online On hold Theres Grüter & Wenyi Ling
Processing questions in English open to all yes yes listen to English sentences (includes eye-tracking) Moore 427 On hold Theres Grüter
Reading various types of noun phrases in L2 English Native speakers of Japanese who can communicate well in English yes yes web-based acceptability judgment tasks web-based Sign up Yuki Hirose
Speech Perception across Space and Time English acquired before age 4 yes no Listening to speech and making guesses about the speaker’s social characteristics TP 107 On hold Thomas Kettig & Katie Drager
Understanding and producing various types of noun phrases in Japanese Japanese-English bilinguals who (a) started as native speakers of Japanese and (b) still speak Japanese well but (c) now feel stronger in English yes no listening to/ reading sentences in Japanese Moore 264 Sign up Yuki Hirose

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.