Grammatical gender in the production of single words: Some evidence from Greek

E Plemmenou, Ellen Bard, Holly Branigan

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The present study investigated the effect of prior grammatical gender information provided by the production of a bare noun on the production of a syntactically unrelated, gender-inflected color adjective, The target language was Greek. A lexical priming task involving picture naming was employed, Participants saw a series of picture,,,, some in color and sonic in black-and-white: they had to name a black-and-white picture with the single noun (prime) and a color picture with the appropriately inflected color adjective (target). Prior gender information was shown to affect subsequent production of gender-marked words. The effect was restricted to nouns of one gender class (masculine) only, The implications of these results for the representation and processing of gender in production are discussed. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science (USA).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-241
Number of pages6
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002




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