This is an alternative to the original SAE grammar test. It covers most of the same territory, but it is largely based on information from World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS). Instead of mainly measuring SAE features, it looks at what most SAE languages have in common and how much of this a grammar shares. The intent is to provide a more comprehensive view of what goes into a (non-)European grammar.
To learn more about the features described here, click on the links.
Section 1: Non-distinguishing features
These features are common both in SAE languages and elsewhere. They are worth one point each.
Section 2: Distinguishing features
These features are common in SAE but significantly rarer elsewhere. They are worth two points each.
What does the score mean?
This is what your score probably means based on results from natural languages:
>90%: Your grammar is very SAE-like, resembling English, French and German.
70-90%: Your grammar is SAE but has some notable differences from the norm, like Spanish or Russian.
50-69%: Your grammar is probably non-SAE but still shares a lot of traits. It may resemble other European languages.
40-49%: Your grammar is well outside SAE. Some European languages are in this range.
<40%: Your grammar is non-European.
It should be possible to get a score of 0, but I don't know of any language that does.
Sample results from natural languages
These are mainly based on data provided by WALS, which is not always complete.
German: 100% (80/80)
French: 97.5% (78/80)
English: 92.5% (74/80)
Spanish: 86.25% (69/80)
Modern Greek: 83.75% (67/80)
Russian: 82.5% (66/80)
Latvian: 75-78.75% (60-63/80)
Finnish: 62.5% (50/80)
Welsh: 57.5% (45/80)
Modern Hebrew: 55% (44/80)
Hungarian: 51.25-53.75% (41-43/80)
Persian: 48.75% (39/80)
Georgian: 43.75% (35/80)
Turkish: 42.5% (34/80)
Mandarin Chinese: 30% (24/80)
Japanese: 18.75% (15/80)
This page was created on 21 July 2020 and last modified on 23 July 2020.