Grammatical gender assignment in French

dispelling the native speaker myth

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Abstract

This study highlights the complexity of French grammatical gender as a lexical property at the interface of morpho-phonology and the lexicon. French native speakers (n = 168) completed a gender assignment task with written stimuli illustrating common versus uncommon nouns, vowel-initial versus consonant-initial nouns, compounds and grammatical homonyms; they also indicated the strategies they used to assign a gender to stimuli. The findings showed strong lexical and gender effects suggesting that grammatical gender must be acquired for individual lexical items as morpho-phonological cues alone are unreliable and vary greatly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of French Language Studies
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 20 2017

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  • Linguistics and Language

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