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Studies in Modern Grammar Vol.96 pp.129-148

Gender Semantic Priming Effects on the Lexical Meaning

Young Su Kwon


Regarding the role of automatic processes in human thoughts and behavior in social psychology, a number of studies have demonstrated that automatic priming effects of ‘gender’ can occur even when the primary meaning for the words does not include the direct gender-related meaning. The purpose of this research has three aspects: (1) to examine whether automatic priming effects on the ‘male’ and ‘female’ social categories will occur with Korean EFL university students, (2) to find out if there are any differences of the priming effects between gender stereotype words and gender suffix words, and (3) to investigate how Korean EFL university students show the rating of the gender typicality of the prime words. As a result, the significant priming effects were observed on the ‘gender’ social category, which were more saliant with the suffix type than the stereotype primes. Also, the rating of the gender typicality showed some attributes related to the sociocultural factors.

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