Verbs as Linguistic Markers of Agency - The Social Side of Grammar

Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria (2016). Verbs as Linguistic Markers of Agency - The Social Side of Grammar [Dataset].

[img] Other (Data Study 2 EJSP)
e2_ejsp_data.sav - Supplemental Material
Available under License BORIS Standard License.

Download (4kB)
[img] Other (Data Experiment 3 EJSP)
e3_ejsp_data.sav - Supplemental Material
Available under License BORIS Standard License.

Download (12kB)
[img] Other (Data Experiment 3 EJSP)
e4_ejsp_data.sav - Supplemental Material
Available under License BORIS Standard License.

Download (9kB)
[img]
Preview
Text (Materials Study 2 EJSP - one version)
v1.1.1.pdf - Supplemental Material
Available under License BORIS Standard License.

Download (104kB) | Preview
[img]
Preview
Text (Materials Study 3 EJSP - one version)
materialy_exp1b.pdf - Supplemental Material
Available under License BORIS Standard License.

Download (450kB) | Preview
[img]
Preview
Text (Materials Study 4 EJSP - one version)
materialy_exp1c1.1.pdf - Supplemental Material
Available under License BORIS Standard License.

Download (178kB) | Preview

Basic grammatical categories may carry social meaning irrespective of their semantic content. In a set of four studies, we demonstrate that verbs – a basic linguistic category present and distinguishable in most languages – are related to the perception of agency, a fundamental dimension in social perception. In an archival analysis on actual language use in Polish and German, we found that targets stereotypically associated with high agency (men and young people) are presented in the immediate neighborhood of a verb more often than non-agentic social targets (women and old people). Moreover, in three experiments using a pseudo-word paradigm, verbs (but not adjectives and nouns) were consistently associated with agency (but not communion). These results provide consistent evidence that verbs, as grammatical vehicles of action, are linguistic markers of agency. In demonstrating meta-semantic effects of language, these studies corroborate the view of language as a social tool and of language as an integral part of social perception.

Item Type:

Dataset

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 310 Statistics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

Language:

English

Submitter:

Magdalena Maria Formanowicz

Date Deposited:

19 Jul 2016 10:11

Last Modified:

08 Aug 2016 14:49

Additional Information:

Materialien auf Polnisch

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83554

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83554

Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback