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ERIC Number: ED184336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
French Gender "Rules" in the Speech of English-Dominant, French-Dominant and Monolingual French-Speaking Children. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 19.
The French gender usage of grade two and grade five Franco-Ontarian children was compared with that of English-speaking children enrolled in French immersion programs, and monolingual French-speaking children in Quebec. While some of the Franco-Ontarian children are similar to the Quebec children with respect to the gender "rules" they appear to be following, others make errors that resemble those of the English-speaking second language learners. It is suggested that a key factor in determining how well the Franco-Ontarian children have mastered French gender is whether French or English is the dominant language of communication between parents and the children at home. For English-dominant children, some directions for remedial action in the school are proposed. (Author)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Child Language, English, French, Grammar, Immersion Programs, Language Dominance, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Linguistic Theory, Monolingualism, Second Language Learning, Sex Differences
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M561V6
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.
Identifiers: Gender; Quebec