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Grammatical gender is on the tip of Italian tongues

Vigliocco, G; Antonini, T; Garrett, MF; (1997) Grammatical gender is on the tip of Italian tongues. PSYCHOL SCI , 8 (4) 314 - 317.

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Abstract

To correctly produce words, speakers must have access to three broad classes of information: lexical semantics, syntax and sound structure. The relevant information must be organized in ways that permit rapid and accurate retrieval of specific lexical targets. Current models of language production do this by a two-stage process: The first stage incorporates lexical meanings and syntax, and the second, sound structure. We used studies of the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon (i.e., the condition ill which a speaker cannot produce a well-known word) to evaluate this organization, and in so doing, we provide the first clear experimental evidence for a lexical stage that includes syntax and is distinct from both sound structure and the conceptual correlates of syntactic features.

Type: Article
Title: Grammatical gender is on the tip of Italian tongues
Keywords: SENTENCE PRODUCTION, RETRIEVAL
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/136173
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