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Bassano, Dominique; Maillochon, Isabelle; Mottet, Sylvain – Journal of Child Language, 2008
This study investigates when and how French-learning children acquire the main grammatical constraint on the noun category, i.e. the obligatory use of a preceding determiner. Spontaneous speech samples coming from the corpora of twenty children in each of three age groups, 1 ; 8, 2 ; 6, 3 ; 3, were transcribed and coded with respect to…
Descriptors: Speech, Nouns, Child Language, French
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Bassano, Dominique – Journal of Child Language, 2000
Investigates how the noun and verb classes develop in the free speech of a French child between the ages of 1 year, 2 months to 2 years and 6 months from the perspective of semantic and grammatical development. Analyses indicate that in French acquisition, nouns clearly predominate over verbs until 20 months of age at least, but that verbs are…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, French, Grammar, Language Acquisition
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Bassano, Dominique – Journal of Child Language, 1985
Describes a study of four- to five-year-old children's interpretations of statements involving "know" (savoir) and "think" (croire). The study tried to ascertain the language operations that modify a proposition or a basic assertion and to show the speaker's attitude towards the event asserted in the statement. (SED)
Descriptors: Child Language, French, Language Acquisition, Language Processing
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Bassano, Dominique; And Others – Journal of Child Language, 1992
Examines the development of epistemic modality, with particular attention to how French children (four, six, and eight year olds) evaluate the conditions of use for modal expressions marking certainty and uncertainty. Results show that four and six year olds attribute certainty more often than eight year olds. (44 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Children, Cognitive Processes, Discourse Analysis, Epistemology
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Bassano, Dominique; Champaud, Christian – Journal of Child Language, 1989
Examines how children understand the argumentative function of the French connective meme (even). Two completion tasks, related to the argumentative properties of the morpheme, were used: 1) to infer the conclusion of an "even" sentence, and 2) to infer the argument position. (34 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Child Language, French, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns
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Champaud, Christian; Bassano, Dominique – Journal of Child Language, 1994
An experimental study examined the comprehension of sentences containing concessive connectives, considered from an argumentative-conclusive point of view, in 8- to 10-year-old French children (n=24). Two tasks were used: (1) subjects had to choose between opposite preceding contexts of sentences and (2) conclusions that could be drawn from the…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Language, Children, Comparative Analysis
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Bassano, Dominique; Maillochon, Isabelle; Eme, Elsa – Journal of Child Language, 1998
Two studies investigated developmental changes, and inter-linguistic and inter-individual variations, in the expansion and composition of young French children's early lexicons. Results indicated that lexical productivity strongly increased with age, whereas lexical diversity showed little developmental progression. Inter-individual variability in…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Child Development, Child Language, Foreign Countries