ERIC Number: EJ626578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Role of Diminutives in the Acquisition of Russian Gender: Can Elements of Child-Directed Speech Aid in Learning Morphology?
Kempe, Vera; Brooks, Patricia J.
Language Learning, v51 n2 p221-56 Jun 2001
To examine the effect of diminutives on gender learning, adult native speakers of English were taught Russian nouns. Half the participants trained on diminutive nouns and half on nondiminutive baseforms. Over four sessions, participants learned to use adjectives that had to agree in gender with nouns. The diminutive training group demonstrated better learning of noun gender and better generalization to novel forms. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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