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Language & Personality Survey

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  • Jim Henry
    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
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      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
      To: CONLANG@...

      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.


      Part I

      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
      speakers think.

      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@....

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