**Project outline for 2010_5**
*Keywords: psych verbs; novel verbs*
Hartshorne, O'Donnell, Sudo, Uruwashi, Lee, and Snedeker (in press). Psych verbs, the Linking Problem, and the Acquisition of Language. Data for Exp. 7.
1. Joshua Hartshorne
2. Jesse Snedeker
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Forty English-speaking US residents were recruited through Amazon Mechanical Turk. An additional 12 were excluded for failing to follow directions or for reporting dyslexia.
The 16 definitions of psychological states from Experiment 1 were used. A separate group of 16 English-speaking participants recruited through Amazon Mechanical Turk rated each state (in lists counterbalanced by order) according to how long it would likely last: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or years. Based on these ratings, the stimuli were divided into eight short-lived and eight long-lived states, resulting in the re-classification of two of the items. Participants were introduced to a novel character “Susan” who has many emotional relationships with friends. For each friend, participants were told Susan that experienced one of the 16 psychological states. Participants were asked to produce a three-word sentence using the novel verb that described this state and used both character’s names (e.g., Susan guriifued Beatrice or Beatrice guriifued Susan). Because Susan is the experiencer, it is unambiguous from their usage whether they understood guriifu to be fear-type or frighten-type. All verbs were presented in the past tense. The two counter-balanced orders from were used; fillers were not included.