The following webpages offer free downloads of elicitation stimuli and other useful tools and materials:
- TulQuest, an interactive space for sharing linguistic questionnaires and elicitation stimuli
- The Fieldmanual Archive of the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen
- The IRIS database, a collection of instruments, materials, stimuli, and data coding and analysis tools used for research into second languages, including second and foreign language learning, multilingualism, language education, language use and processing (but also usable for other populations)
- The website of the European COST-Action for “Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society”, with materials created by a broad range of working groups
- Story-builder, a set of picture cards for story-building
- Picture-materials from the Scope Fieldwork Project, designed to study quantifiers and scope in the languages of the world
- 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.
For other stimulus materials, see the referring site: https://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/experimental-materials/
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. http://www.academia.edu/190296/Production_Methods
- Hellwig, Birgit. 2019. Linguistic diversity, language documentation and psycholinguistics: The role of stimuli. In Aimée Lahaussois & Marine Vuillermet (eds.), Methodological tools for linguistic description and typology (Language Documentation and Conservation SP 16), 5-30. https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10125/24855/1/LDC-sp16_2_Hellwig_Linguistic%20diversity%2c%20language%20documentation%20and%20psycholinguistics.pdf
For more readings, see our reading list on this topic.
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.