This thesis examined the possible role that a syntactic frame may have upon the generation of semantic categories, whether taxonomic or non-taxonomic. In two picture-word interference tests, participants had to name words which had either been paired not not paired together during a training phase. In the first experiment, words were paired without a syntactic frame; in the second experiment, words were paired in a syntactic frame. The results of this study indicate that whether or not a syntactic frame was present, previously unrelated words facilitated each other's naming, suggesting a likely thematic association had been developed between the words during the pairing process. Additionally, the results indicate that the presence of the syntactic frame in the second experiment resulted in words being named longer compared to words trained in a non-syntactic frame; this suggests that a syntactic frame may result in net inhibition upon naming during a PWI task. iii
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