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Re: sentence data base

Hi Robert,


Apologies if you’ve received a response already, but you might like to try this paper:


Kim, D., Stephens, J. D. W., & Pitt, M. A. (2012). How does context play a part in splitting words apart? Production and perception of word boundaries in casual speech. Journal of Memory and Language, 66(4), 509–529. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2011.12.007


There’s a PDF here – see Appendix A: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480226/pdf/nihms345290.pdf


Kind regards,




Greg O'Beirne, PhD

Associate Professor and Audiology Programme Director

Deputy Head, Department of Communication Disorders

University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Email: gregory.obeirne@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 7085



New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour



From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Robert Zatorre
Sent: Tuesday, 12 April 2016 7:45 a.m.
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Subject: sentence data base


Dear colleagues

A few years ago a student in my lab used some sentences that he got from a paper somewhere (psych or psycholinguistics journal I think). The student is long gone and I'd like to figure out where he got them from. Google did not help but I wondered if any of you by chance might recognize them. They are a bit odd, but well-structured gramatically etc. Does anyone know where they might have come from? Here are a few of the more distinctive ones (there were several dozen in the original study). Any clues would be welcome!

o   On the church tower there was a cross that looked golden
The little girl had a cute collection of dolls
The hallway leads to a door at the end
The lawyer should know what a fair deal would be
That’s more teeth than I thought a mouth could have
These black squares belong to a line that runs vertically
The tired gladiators were entitled to a rest that day
The minister told us that the tax low had changed


Thanks in advance


Robert Zatorre, PhD
Montreal Neurological Institute
McGill University
3801 University St
Montreal, QC Canada H3A2B4