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The Conceptualization of Grammatical Number

George, Gerret Evan (2011) The Conceptualization of Grammatical Number. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The current study investigated the nature of the mental representation of grammatical number. We used methodology from Stanfield and Zwaan (2001) in an attempt to distinguish amodal from perceptual systems. Participants read a sentence that ended with either a singular or plural noun. After reading the sentence, they viewed a picture that matched or mismatched the number of the sentence final-noun. They then judged whether the referent in the picture had been in the sentence. Participants were slower when matching a singular lexical stimulus (e.g. apple) to a plural graphic stimulus (See Figure 2) compared to the other three conditions. The results did not follow the pattern found by Stanfield & Zwaan (2001). The results are more consistent with logical entailment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
George, Gerret
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWarren, Tessatessa@pitt.eduTESSA
Committee MemberDickey, Michael Walshmdickey@pitt.eduMDICKEY
Committee MemberTokowicz, Natashatokowicz@pitt.eduTOKOWICZ
Committee MemberHorton, William
Date: 3 June 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 8 April 2011
Approval Date: 3 June 2011
Submission Date: 22 April 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: amodal; embodied cognition; psycholinguistics; sentence processing
Other ID:, etd-04222011-034812
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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