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Is the noun ending a cue to grammatical gender processing? An ERP study on sentences in Italian

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posted on 01.02.2021, 01:16 by S Caffarra, Anna Siyanova, F Pesciarelli, F Vespignani, C Cacciari
© 2015 Society for Psychophysiological Research. Gender-to-ending consistency has been shown to influence grammatical gender retrieval in isolated word presentation. Notwithstanding the wealth of evidence, the exact role and the time course of processing of this distributional information remain unclear. This ERP study investigated if and when the brain detects gender-to-ending consistency in sentences containing Italian determiner-noun pairs. Determiners either agreed or disagreed in gender with the nouns whose endings were reliable or misleading cues to gender (transparent and irregular nouns). Transparent nouns elicited an increased frontal negativity and a late posterior positivity compared to irregular nouns (350-950 ms), suggesting that the system is sensitive to gender-to-ending consistency from relatively early stages of processing. Gender agreement violations evoked a similar LAN-P600 pattern for both types of nouns. The present findings provide evidence for an early detection of reliable gender-related endings during sentence reading.

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Caffarra, S., Siyanova, A., Pesciarelli, F., Vespignani, F. & Cacciari, C. (2015). Is the noun ending a cue to grammatical gender processing? An ERP study on sentences in Italian. Psychophysiology, 52(8), 1019-1030. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12429

Journal title

Psychophysiology

Volume

52

Issue

8

Publication date

01/01/2015

Pagination

1019-1030

Publisher

Wiley

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

29/03/2015

ISSN

0048-5772

eISSN

1469-8986

Language

en

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