Journal article

Sublexical and lexical influences on gender assignment in French

VM Holmes, J Segui

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTIC RESEARCH | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2004

Abstract

Two experiments showed that French native speakers rely on sublexical and lexical cues to allocate gender during word recognition. Sublexical cues were based on whether the word ending was typical for a particular gender rather than neutral with regard to gender. Lexical cues were based on whether the associated definite article was informative (for words beginning with a consonant) or uninformative (for words beginning with a vowel). Classification of single nouns and verification of grammatical combinations of indefinite article and noun led to longer times when both sublexical and lexical cues were uninformative compared with when one or both cues were informative. Verification of ungramm..

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