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Saturday 9 September, 2017


The effect of semantic domain of the English noun on gender in Spanish/English DPs

Speaker: Rodrigo Delgado Pacheco, University of Illinois at Chicago

Authors: Rodrigo Delgado

This study examines the effect that the semantic domain (familial vs. non-familial) of the noun has on gender selection in mixed DPs (Spanish D, English N). In mixed DPs, heritage speakers of Spanish have the choice of using the feminine or masculine determiner. Both choices result in a lack of gender agreement. According to Liceras et al. (2008), this incongruence is solved by using the masculine determiner, el, because it is the default gender (Roca, 1989; Harris, 1991). However, other studies (Jake et al., 2002; Otheguy and Lapidus, 2003) have shown that heritage speakers use the feminine determiner in mixed DPs. The results of a forced choice task show that participants chose the feminine determiner significantly more frequently with words that were (i) feminine in Spanish, and belonged in the familial domain. The results provide evidence that input has an effect on gender selection in mixed DPs.

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