Grammatical gender and cognition

Alvanoudi, Angeliki, and Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula (2013) Grammatical gender and cognition. In: Lavidas, Nikolaos, Alexiou, Thomai, and Sougari, Areti-Maria, (eds.) Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Volume 2. Versita, London, pp. 109-124.

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Empirical research on "structural relativity" (Lucy 1996) has indicated that the grammatical structuring of languages impacts on speakers' thinking. In particular, the experimental investigation of the relationship between grammatical gender and cognition has repeatedly brought evidence to correlations between the two. Some researchers argue, however, that grammatical gender effects appear only in languages with a two-gender system. Others suggest that the language of instructions for the experiments affects speakers' performance of tasks. The present paper examines these two issues on the basis of experimental data from a three-gender language, Modern Greek, and suggests that the overall picture is not coherent on several levels.

Item ID: 31865
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-83-7656-087-8
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Papers in this vollume were originally presented at the 20th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in April 2011.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial- No Derivatives 3.0 license, which means that the text may be used for non-commercial purposes, provided credit is given to the author.

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