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    Gender assignment and gender agreement in advanced French interlanguage: a cross-sectional study

    Dewaele, Jean-Marc and Véronique, D. (2001) Gender assignment and gender agreement in advanced French interlanguage: a cross-sectional study. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 4 (3), pp. 275-297. ISSN 1366-7289.

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    Abstract

    An analysis of 519 gender errors (out of 9,378 modifiers) in the advanced French interlanguage of 27 Dutch L1 speakers confirms earlier findings that gender assignment and/or agreement remain problematic for learners at all levels. A hypothesis derived from Pienemann's Processability Theory (1998a) that accuracy rates would be higher for gender agreement in structures involving no exchange of grammatical information between constituents was not confirmed. The analysis of interindividual and intra-individual variation in gender accuracy rates revealed effects from avoidance and generalisation strategies, from linguistic variables, sociobiographical variables and psycholinguistic variables. We argue that gender errors can originate at the lemma level, at the gender node level, or at the lexeme level. Different psycholinguistic scenarios are presented to account for intra-individual variation in gender assignment and agreement.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2007
    Last Modified: 23 Jan 2017 16:00
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/445

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