Question Formation ● Come up with 5 questions about the content of the paper, especially the main
components like the claims, the data provided to support the claims, and the authors’ interpretation of data
● Make sure the questions are relevant to the article ● Make sure the questions are specific to the content of the paper and cannot just
be asked about any article ● Make sure the questions do not assume false information according to the article
Example for Weikum et al (2009): 1. Is visual information redundant for vocal language processing according to this
article? 2. To test visual language discrimination in infancy, which age range of infants is
used for the study and what is the sample size? 3. Why does the study compare monolingual infants with bilingual infants? 4. What does the study conclude for bilingual children’s language development? 5. How does the study measure infants’ language discrimnation?
But avoid vague and general questions like: ● What is the article about? ● What did the scientists test? ● How did they test their hypothesis?
If you can ask a question for any scientific paper, then it is too general.
Avoid asking questions that assume false information according to the article: ● Why are adults incapable of discriminating languages solely based on visual
information? This question assumes adults are not capable of visual discrimination even though the article says the opposite.