You are about to take part in a pilot psycholinguistic study about people's perceptions of natural languages, developed by Dr. Susanne Reiterer (University of Vienna) with the assistance of Anna Winkler and Maximilian Sinnl and the phonaesthetics group.

Task description

You will first be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your personal and your language background. After that, you will proceed to a rating task where you will listen to several recordings of different natural languages and rate them according to how they sound in your opinion (“how you like their sounds”, etc.).

Please note that:

  1. the task requires speakers or headphones so that you can listen to the recordings!
  2. We highly recommend performing this task on a computer (PC)!
  3. We also recommend you use Google Chrome as your browser for performing this task! (note: Google Chrome can translate it into YOUR language)
  4. A good, stable internet connection is also required.
  5. It's not possible to continue the experiment on a different device than the one you started with!

Upon listening, you will be asked to rate each language based on several characteristics (4 characteristics: how erotic/ how beautiful / how orderly (structured) the language sounds and how much social status you would attach to the sound of each language).
After this, you will provide some additional information regarding your impressions of the recorded languages. The entire task takes approximately 20 minutes.

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