The influence of stereotypical information on gender inference in Chinese

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Abstract / Description of output

This study investigates the influence of stereotypical information on the representation of gender in Chinese, applying a sentence evaluation paradigm. Participants were required to decide whether the second sentence about the gender of the characters (e.g., women) was a sensible continuation of the first sentence containing plural phrase denoting a group of people with a role name (e.g., “the surgeons”). Participants' decisions were biased by the stereotypes of the role names, and were male-biased when reading neutral role names. Additionally, decision time was relatively longer when there was a conflict between the stereotype and the gender, showing the greatest difference between a feminine-biased role name and a male referential expression. The results support previous research showing that speakers use gender stereotype information in task, in languages that lack grammatical gender.
Original languageEnglish
Article number30
JournalSN Social Sciences
Early online date19 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • stereotypical information
  • gender inference
  • language comprehension
  • Chinese language


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