When are implicit agents encoded? Evidence from cross-modal naming

Alissa Melinger, Gail Mauner

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A cross-modal naming task was used to investigate when readers access and use semantic argument information to integrate a verb into the representation of a sentence. Previous research has shown that readers include implicit agents as part of their understanding of short passive sentences like The door was shut but not in intransitive sentences like The door shut. We demonstrate that implicit agents are accessed immediately upon recognizing a passive verb. Additionally, our results suggest that cross- modal naming is sensitive to some types of lexically encoded semantic information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1999


  • Argument structure
  • Cross-modal naming
  • Implicit agents
  • Lexical semantics
  • Sentence processing
  • Verb representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing


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