Language Experiment HID


We are doing a linguistic research in question answering. We study how people formulate "elliptic questions" as shown in the following dialog example:

Jim: "Who was the president of the United states in 2013?"
Jim asked the full question.
Larissa: "Barack Obama"
Larissa gave an answer
Jim: "And in 1992?"
This is an elliptic question. Jim omitted most of the words because it was clear that they had been talking about pre president of the US and he wanted to see what the situation was like back in 1992.

We need your help to gather as many natural examples of elliptic questions as possible. Be natural, do not use (copy) the same pattern as in the provided examples.

For a given question and an answer you'll be supposed to come up with three elliptic questions asking about things within the scope or related to the topic. Think of it as an assignment in a grammar text book. Please don't overthink it, it's really easy for people to come up with questions like that. We kinda guess it's easy money :-).

You'll be filling forms such as this one:

Question: Who was the president of the United states in 2013?
Answer: Barack Obama
Category: Politics
Elliptic question:
Full question is:
Then we'll show you a code you will copy to the MTurk HID page.

OK, let's get started