Generically intended, but specifically interpreted: when beauticians, musicians and mechanics are all men

Gygax, Pascal, Gabriel, Ute, Sarrasin, Oriane, Oakhill, Jane and Garnham, Alan (2008) Generically intended, but specifically interpreted: when beauticians, musicians and mechanics are all men. Language and Cognitive Processes, 23 (3). pp. 464-485. ISSN 0169-0965

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Abstract

The influence of stereotype and grammatical information (masculine intended as generic) on the representation of gender in language was investigated using a sentence evaluation paradigm. The first sentence introduced a role name (e.g., The spies came out ...) and the second sentence contained explicit information about the gender of one or more of the characters (e.g., ...one of the women ...). The experiment was conducted in French, German, and English. In contrast to English, stereotypicality of role names had no influence on readers' male biased representations in French and German, where interpretations were dominated by the masculinity of the masculine (allegedly) intended as generic.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Oakhill
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:32
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 16:17
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13147
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