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Cognitive Representation of Gender Typicality and its Effects on Linguistic Processing

Reali, Chiara

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Abstract

The present research includes a series of studies which investigate the effects of cognitive representation of gender roles on reading comprehension processes. The work tests a description-based anaphor resolution paradigm which replaces classical role noun antecedents through role descriptions not containing any grammatical gender cue to the referent gender. This solution allows a cross-linguistic comparison between a grammatical gender language (German) and a natural gender language (English). Moreover, the research analyzes the impact of gender representations on thematic role assignment during sentence reading. The research employs the eye-tracking methodology to document the time-course of gender typicality/stereotype activation and its effect on anaphor resolution processes.

Item Type: Dissertation
Supervisor: Stockhausen, Prof. Dr. Lisa von
Date of thesis defense: 18 March 2016
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2016 08:59
Date: 2016
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institute of Psychology
Subjects: 150 Psychology
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