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ERIC Number: EJ819512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
Conflicting Cues and Competition between Notional and Grammatical Factors in Producing Number and Gender Agreement: Evidence from Hebrew
Deutsch, Avital; Dank, Maya
Journal of Memory and Language, v60 n1 p112-143 Jan 2009
The present study investigated the process of producing subject-predicate agreement for conceptually driven distinctions which are morphologically specified, such as natural gender and number, and arbitrary morphological specification of gender and number. The study was conducted in Hebrew, in which agreement rules are very prevalent and include both gender and number agreement between the subject and the predicate. This feature of Hebrew makes it possible to directly compare processes within one language and to better generalize the findings across languages. Using a sentence completion task for complex noun phrases, we tested the effect of conceptual versus grammatical features of the number (Exp. 1 and 2) and gender (Exp. 3 and 4) of the local (Exp.1 and 3) and head (Exp. 2 and 4) nouns on the probability of agreement errors in producing the predicate. The results revealed that the notional meaning of the local noun does not affect the frequency of producing agreement errors although, with almost the same set of stimuli, manipulation of the notional meaning of the head noun does affect this frequency. These results are discussed in connection with Bock et al.'s [Bock, K., Eberhard, K., M., Cutting, J. C., Meyer, A. S., & Schriefers, H. (2001). Some attractions of verb agreement. "Cognitive Psychology," 43, 83-128] two-mechanism model for the implementation of agreement. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Language: English
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