Processing third-person non-binary pronouns in Dutch: an EEG study

dc.contributor.advisorde Hoop, H.
dc.contributor.advisorden Hartog, M.M.J.
dc.contributor.advisorde Swart, P.J.F.
dc.contributor.authorAkkermans, Noortje
dc.description.abstractRecently hen and hun have been introduced to the Dutch language as non-binary pronouns. The current study investigates whether these are processed differently from masculine and feminine pronouns, and to what extent experience with, attitude toward, and general habituation to the non-binary pronouns influences this. An EEG experiment was conducted among Dutch young adults who read a text in which these pronouns were used. Results indicate a general processing cost that can be related to interpretation difficulties that arise when hen refers to a singular non-binary antecedent. While it was expected to find additional processing costs related to syntactic violations that arise when hen is used as a subject pronoun in combination with a singular finite verb, the results do not support this. Expectations regarding influences from experience and attitude, or from short-term habituation on processing costs were not supported. Possible explanations and interpretations are discussed.
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Letteren
dc.thesis.specialisationspecialisations::Faculteit der Letteren::Researchmasters::Researchmaster Language and Communication
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dc.titleProcessing third-person non-binary pronouns in Dutch: an EEG study
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