QAParadigm application facilitates a common QAP experiment that involves display of a sentence.
QAParadigm application facilitates a common QAP experiment that involves display of a sentence, then a verbal question about the sentence.
Of special interest in QAP investigations is that the interpretation of a dialog may be influenced by changes that make no syntactic difference, such as a choice of a verb or intonation.
In one type of linguistics study using the QAP, a textual statement is displayed to a test subject, and a question is asked verbally, to detect a difference in interpretation.
The QAParadigm program is meant to facilitate such experiments, by reducing the fuss of organizing and executing them.
reads questions from a simple text file
can automatically randomize question-answer pairs
synchronizes displayed sentences with audio question files
logs the order in which question-answer pairs were presented
associates the subject’s personal data with the logged information
The program can be used in single-screen or multiple-screen modes.
Experiment description is in the form of simple Unicode-encoded text files. Any of the world’s writing systems can be used for the display, provided that supporting fonts are installed on the system.
The program has been tested and used in actual linguistics research projects.