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ERIC Number: EJ900338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Grammatical Gender vs. Natural Gender in French Williams Syndrome
Ibernon, Laure; Boloh, Yves
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v31 n6 p1291-1298 Nov-Dec 2010
This article reports grammatical gender attribution scores in French Williams participants (N = 28, mean chronological age = 15.1) in an experiment similar to the classic one from Karmiloff-Smith (1979) where grammatical gender was pitted against natural gender. WS participants massively opted for the masculine gender as the default one, just as MA-controls did. They differed from CA-controls, however, in that they provided fewer sex-based responses. Splitting the WS group into two subgroups did not reveal a shift to sex-based responses similar to the one found in controls. It is argued that this latter difference could plausibly be related to differences in cognitive, lexical or meta-linguistic abilities. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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