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Colletta, Jean-Marc; Pellenq, Catherine; Hadian-Cefidekhanie, Ali; Rousset, Isabelle – Journal of Child Language, 2018
This paper reports on an original study designed to investigate age-related change in the way French children produce speech during oral narrative, considering both prosodic parameters -- speaking rate and duration of the prosodic speech unit -- and linguistic structure. Eighty-five French children aged four to eleven years were asked to tell a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Articulation (Speech), Phonics
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Barriére, Isabelle; Goyet, Louise; Kresh, Sarah; Legendre, Géraldine; Nazzi, Thierry – Journal of Child Language, 2016
The present study applies a multidimensional methodological approach to the study of the acquisition of morphosyntax. It focuses on evaluating the degree of productivity of an infrequent subject-verb agreement pattern in the early acquisition of French and considers the explanatory role played by factors such as input frequency, semantic…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Verbs, Semantics, Linguistics
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Nazzi, Thierry; Mersad, Karima; Sundara, Megha; Iakimova, Galina; Polka, Linda – Journal of Child Language, 2014
Six experiments explored Parisian French-learning infants' ability to segment bisyllabic words from fluent speech. The first goal was to assess whether bisyllabic word segmentation emerges later in infants acquiring European French compared to other languages. The second goal was to determine whether infants learning different dialects of the same…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, French, Infants, Language Acquisition
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Duncan, Lynne G.; Cole, Pascale; Seymour, Philip H. K.; Magnan, Annie – Journal of Child Language, 2006
Phonological awareness is thought to become increasingly analytic during early childhood. This study examines whether the proposed developmental sequence (syllable[right arrow]onset-rime[right arrow]phoneme) varies according to the characteristics of a child's native language. Experiment 1 compares the phonological segmentation skills of English…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, French, Reading Instruction
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Colas, Annie – Journal of Child Language, 1999
Examined how French mothers' gestures and prosody contributed to their infants' conversational competence, investigating how they used ostensive marking to point out common references at different developmental stages. Longitudinal observations of mother/infant dyads during free play at three developmental stages indicated that mothers adapted…
Descriptors: Body Language, Child Development, Child Language, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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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
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Jisa, Harriet; Kern, Sophie – Journal of Child Language, 1998
Investigated the use of relative clauses in French children's narrative monologues. Narrative texts, based on a picture book without text, were collected from monolinguals age 5, 7, and 10 years and adults. Researchers coded relative constructions. Use of relative clauses in general-discourse functions preceded use in more specific narrative…
Descriptors: Adults, Age Differences, Child Development, Child Language