A linguistic questionnaire is a set of items – called “questions” for short – about how certain things are expressed in the target language. There are different kinds of questions and of questionnaires:

  1. The questionnaire may consist in a set of example sentences of the lingua franca, to be translated into the target language; and then it is methodologically no different from the example-translation method.
  2. The stimuli may be non-linguistic in nature, e.g. pictures. They are provided with a pertinent instruction, for instance to name the denotatum visible on the picture.
  3. The questions may be properly linguistic (or metalinguistic), of the kind “Is the possessive attribute of an inalienable body part ordered before or after the head noun?”, which only a linguist can answer.

Onomasiological questionnaire