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When Sex Affects Syntax: Contextual Influences in Sentence Production

Vigliocco, Gabriella
Published in Journal of Memory and Language. 2001, vol. 45, no. 3, p. 368-390
Abstract This article addresses the question of whether accuracy in developing a syntactic frame for a to-be-uttered sentence is influenced by conceptual information beyond the initial assignment of grammatical functions on the basis of the speakers’ intentions, as predicted by the maximalist hypothesis we put forward in previous work (Vigliocco & Franck, 1999). In a series of four parallel experiments (in Italian and French) investigating gender agreement between a sentential subject and a predicative adjective, we found that conceptual information helps syntactic accuracy when congruent with syntactic information and hinders accuracy when incongruent. In a final experiment in Italian, potentially confounded linguistic factors were assessed and dismissed.
Keywords Gender agreementSentential contextGrammatical encodingLanguage productionCross-linguistic research
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VIGLIOCCO, Gabriella, FRANCK, Julie. When Sex Affects Syntax: Contextual Influences in Sentence Production. In: Journal of Memory and Language, 2001, vol. 45, n° 3, p. 368-390.

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