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ERIC Number: EJ872558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
Gender Attribution and Gender Agreement in 4- to 10-Year-Old French Children
Boloh, Yves; Ibernon, Laure
Cognitive Development, v25 n1 p1-25 Jan-Mar 2010
Grammatical gender is generally considered an early and error-free acquisition in French children. This article first examines how children cope with the gender attribution problem, "i.e.", how they determine the gender of individual nouns. We consider the plausibility and requirements of an account in which tacit phonological assignment rules are put to use to solve attribution problems and contrast it with a simple "masculine as default" strategy. Elicited production data from three experiments, involving 312 4-10-year-old French children and 40 adult controls, were found compatible with this latter scenario and to provide only scant support for the former one. Second, we argue that previous studies have overestimated French children's gender agreement abilities, and that French children's ability to make the article and the adjective agree can be assumed from age 7 onwards, but not before. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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