Stimuli for Elicited Production

The following webpages offer downloads of elicitation stimuli:

For other stimulus materials, see the referring site:

For an introduction to stimulus-based elicited production, see:

Eisenbeiss, Sonja (2010) Production Methods. In: Blom, E. and Unsworth, S. (eds.) Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 11-34.

For a brief description, see

The Language Games resource site provides game descriptions and downloadable stimulus pictures for semi-structured elicited production games and elicited production experiments. Amongst other things, it contains a description of the “Language in a Bag” toolkit for the creation of language games. You can also find free downloadable picture materials (e.g. for the elicitation of constructions with adjectives) on this site.


Here are some example stimuli sets:

The CEGS Stimulus Kit for Case Elicitation

Eisenbeiss, S. (2011). CEGS: An Elicitation Took Kit for Studies on Case Marking and its Acquisition. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics, 60(1).

The Circle of Dirt Stimulus

Eisenbeiss, S., McGregor, B. & Schmidt, C. (1999). Story book stimulus for the elicitation of external possessor constructions and dative constructions (‘the circle of dirt’). In David Wilkins (ed.), Manual for the 1999 Field Season, 140-144. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

The BOWPED Stimulus

Bowerman, Melissa & Eric Pederson. 1992. Topological relations picture series. In Stephen C. Levinson (ed.), Space stimuli kit 1.2: November 1992, 51. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

The Caused Positions Stimulus

Hellwig, Birgit & Friederike Lüpke. 2001. Caused positions. In Stephen C. Levinson & N.J. Enfield (eds.), Manual for the field season 2001, 126-128. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

The Cut-and-Break Stimulus

Bohnemeyer, J., Bowerman, M. & Brown, P. (2001). Cut and break clips. Manual’for the field season 2001, 90–96.

The Pear Story Stimulus

Chafe, W. (Ed.) (1980). The Pear Stories: Cognitive, Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of Narrative Production. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.


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