Revisiting satiation: Evidence for an equalization response strategy

Jon Sprouse

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This reply revisits the topic of syntactic satiation as first discussed in Snyder 2000. I argue that the satiation effect reported in Snyder 2000 is the result of a response strategy in which participants attempt to equalize the number of yes and no responses, a strategy enabled by the design features of Snyder's original experiment. Four predictions differentiate the response strategy from a true satiation effect. Nine experiments are presented to test these predictions. The results are discussed with respect to the nature of satiation, the stability of acceptability judgments, and the consequences for linguistic methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-341
Number of pages13
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Experimental syntax
  • Island constraints
  • Magnitude estimation
  • Satiation
  • Syntactic priming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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