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Disagreements over agreement – a comparison of naïve and expert intuitions

Frane Malenica orcid id ; Sveučilište u Zadru
Marijana Kresić Vukosav ; Sveučilište u Zadru
Dario Lečić orcid id ; Hrvatska zaklada za znanost

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str. 59-81

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This paper presents the results of a study comparing native speaker intuitions on sentences with
Closest Conjunct Agreement (CCA) obtained from linguists and non–linguists and it functions as a
continuation of a larger study of agreement patterns in the South Slavic languages. In this particular
research, we used a sentence–picture matching experiment with a 0–100 scale, which the participants used to indicate the acceptability of a particular sentence with a CCA pattern. Our participants
were two groups of native speakers of Croatian (of the Shtokavian dialect) with different levels of
linguistic education: the non–linguists (N=30) were comprised of BA–level students of various subjects (excluding Croatian, Linguistics and Psychology), while the group of linguists (N = 30) was
comprised of Croatian teachers and holders of PhD in Linguistics employed at elementary schools,
high schools and universities. The difference between the results obtained from linguists and non–
linguists as research participants has been a matter of scholarly debate for the past several decades
(cf. Dąbrowska 2008, 2010) and our aim is to contribute to this discussion by providing data related
to CCA. The results of the study indicate that there is a statistically significant difference in linguistic
intuitions between the two groups and there are valid reasons to attribute this difference to the level
of linguistic training received. This difference is most clearly visible in the fact that linguists provided
lower ratings on a general scale, regardless of the type of sentence and CCA pattern. A small–sized
effect of age was also established.

Ključne riječi

Closest Conjunct Agreement; naïve vs. expert participants; native speaker intuitions; sentence–picture matching experiment; Croatian

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