Agreement In Gender

The diagrams of the average RTs (in ms) according to the conditions of experiment 2a. Error bars represent default errors of the means. Regions: NP1 (1) – Preposition (2) – NP2 (3) – copula byt` (4) – Adj/Part (5) – spillover (6-9). Un grammatical conditions are red, grammars are blue. Conditions under which the sex of the attractor and the predicate coincide (for example.B. FFF and FMM) have dark colors, conditions in which they do not have bright colors (for example.B. FMF and FFM). (A) Female head, male and female attractors, (B) male head, female and male attractors, (C) male and castrated head attractors and (D) male head, castration and attractors. Let us summarize the results of experiments 2a, 2b and 3.

The attraction of sexual over-conformity was observed in F heads and M or N attractors, and in N heads and M or F attractors, but not in M heads and F or N attractors. This leads us to conclude that attraction depends primarily on the characteristics of the head and not on the characteristics of the attractor. If the characteristics of the attractor played an additional role, un grammatical sentences with M attractors would be read faster than non-grammatical sentences with other attractors. However, if we compared sentences with F heads and N or M attractors and sentences with N heads and F or M attractors, the attractor sex or the interaction between this factor and grammar never reached a meaning, and the average RTs even showed the opposite pattern: they were longer in ungrammatic sentences with attractors…

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