Language & Personality Survey
- I'm posting this on behalf of Mark Henshaw, who posted it to the
CONLANG and AUXLANG mailing lists, and recently asked people to send
it out further, including to some groups of people interested in
constructed languages who don't necessarily create constructed
languages themselves. The deadline for responses is December 4.
Please send your responses offlist to Mark Henshaw at his address
below, NOT to me and NOT replying to the list.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Henshaw <harkenbane@...>
Date: Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 4:28 PM
Subject: [CONLANG] Language & Personality Survey
OK, I finished polishing up the inventory and it turned out to be 60
questions total. Feel free to send it to other linguist-types that you
know; I'd like to shoot for 100 responses, but I'll end it and reveal
the results if it takes longer than a couple weeks. Send your
responses to harkenbane@... for tabulation; your results will be
kept confidential, but I don't mind returning them to you on request.
Here is a list of statements designed to quantify your opinions on
languages. Please rate how much you agree or disagree with each
statement by typing a number from 1-5 next to each one:
1 = disagree strongly
2 = disagree somewhat
3 = uncertain / no opinion
4 = agree somewhat
5 = agree strongly
A. Designing a language to make it easier for people from different
countries to communicate is a good idea.
B. It doesn't make sense to make a new language purely for aesthetic reasons.
C. The best artificial languages are logical and easily parsed by computers.
D. I like languages that sound beautiful to me.
E. I like languages that are clear and unambiguous to interpret.
F. I like languages that have a small, or even a restricted, vocabulary.
G. I like languages where the words tend to be short.
H. I like languages that have only a few different sounds (phonemes).
I. I like languages that have straightforward spelling systems.
J. I like languages where the rules are consistent, not full of exceptions.
K. A language spoken by imaginary people (elves, aliens, robots, etc.)
would be fascinating.
L. No language a person might invent will ever improve international
M. It's hard to imagine creating a language simply to see how few
sounds a language needs or how logical it could be made.
N. I like the idea of a language designed to influence the way its
O. I've spent time designing languages myself.
Part II: QSFI-alpha Personality Inventory
Here are several pairs of descriptions that may, or may not, apply to
you. Please rate how much you agree or disagree with them by typing a
number from 1-5 next to each question, just as before (1 = disagree
strongly, 5 = agree strongly). As you work, consider each pair of
adjectives as they describe you together, even if you feel that one
word applies more than the other. Remember, there are no wrong
I see myself as...
1. Humane, idealistic.
2. Quiet, still.
3. Peaceful, serene.
4. Reckless, haphazard.
5. Sensitive, fearful.
6. Interested in art, deep.
7. Underhanded, sneaky.
8. Extraverted, enthusiastic.
9. Hostile, ill-tempered.
10. Efficient, neat.
11. Rugged, unfeeling.
12. Psychic, strange.
13. Sly, cunning.
14. Introverted, withdrawn.
15. Argumentative, stubborn.
16. Disorganized, careless.
17. Sentimental, soft.
18. Gloomy, antisocial.
19. Ethical, principled.
20. Normal, practical.
21. Active, talkative.
22. Irritable, sharp tongued.
23. Orderly, perfectionistic.
24. Worrying, insecure.
25. Traditional, conventional.
26. Humble, unimportant.
27. Tolerant, agreeable.
28. Messy, absent-minded.
29. Rational, stable.
30. Contemplative, imaginative.
31. Boastful, haughty.
32. Lenient, gentle.
33. Emotional, anxious.
34. Completely truthful.
35. Intellectual, philosophical.
36. Disorderly, sloppy.
37. Bossy, demanding.
38. Tough, independent.
39. Sane, commonsensical.
40. Greedy, calculating.
41. Organized, thorough.
42. Masculine, unemotional.
43. Dishonest, slick.
44. Ordinary, unimaginative.
45. Faithful, loyal.
This concludes the survey; please email your responses to harkenbane@....