Semant-O-Matic is a set of scripts written in PHP programming language for conducting online linguistic experiments and data collections ranging from collecting judgements of linguistic data to recording dialogue between two participants.

We see Semant-O-matic as a useful and convenient mix between lab-style experiments with targeted participants and public crowd-sourcing platforms. It allows us to setup tasks and send invitations to several participants quickly through email and social media while still keeping control over the individual groups that we might want to target for individual tasks.

Semant-O-Matic has been used to collect data ranging from classical entailment tasks to dialogue conversations over perceptual scenes. The research using it has been described in the following papers:


A. Åstbom. How function of objects affects geometry of spatial descriptions. A study of Swedish and Japanese. C-uppsats (bachelor’s thesis/extended essay), Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLOV), University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, February 7 2017. Supervisor: Simon Dobnik, opponent: Linnea Strand, examiner: Christine Howes.

R. Cooper, S. Chatzikyriakidis, and S. Dobnik. Testing the FraCaS test suite. invited talk presented by Robin Cooper, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLOV), University of Gothenburg, Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 13 (LENLS 13), National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tachikawa City, Tokyo, Japan, November 13–15 2016.

S. Dobnik, J. D. Kelleher, and C. Koniaris. Priming and alignment of frame of reference in situated conversation. In V. Rieser and P. Muller, editors, Proceedings of DialWatt - Semdial 2014: The 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, pages 43–52, Edinburgh, 1–3 September 2014.

S. Dobnik. Coordinating spatial perspective in discourse. In P. Nugues, editor, Proceedings of the 4th Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC 2012), pages 21–22, Lund, October 24–26 2012.

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