So Rachael suggested that we build a robot that provided sentences for linguistic judgment.
Someone needs to start a Twitter bot that just retweets everything it's @-ed in so syntacticians can grammaticality judge it.
— Rachael Tatman (@rctatman) October 6, 2016
So I volunteered us both.
— Jeremy Kahn (@trochee) October 6, 2016
Thus was Cromulatron born. It’s still a baby:
but I suspect it will be developing quickly once I can get the basics working. Several FAQs are TBD below.
Is this good science?
[Aw, heck no. But it’s basically performance art about grammaticality judgments.]
How do I submit new sentences to be posted by @cromulatron?
[Right now it should only accept sentences by DM from someone on its followers list. To get on that list, write firstname.lastname@example.org or message the bot itself.]
What if my judgments disagree with the crowd?
[Gosh, that sounds like a good question. I don’t know.]
How does this work? How can I get involved?
Well, I’m glad you asked. I [Jeremy] work on the bot github repo here (without credentials, of course) so you can see what’s working. [nothing, yet, but at least there’s a nice high-quality cookiecutter-pylibrary repo there.]
Here’s the Travis.CI page for the code.
Here’s the ReadTheDocs page for the bot.