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

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

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Title: Gender assignment and gender agreement in advanced French Interlanguage: a cross-sectional study
Author: Dewaele, Jean-Marc
Veronique, Daniel
Abstract: An analysis of 519 gender errors (out of 9,378 modifiers) in the advanced French interlanguage of 27 Dutch L1 speakers
conforms 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.
Subject: Foreign Language Acquisition
French as a Foreign Language
Belgium
French
Type: Article
Rights: http://www.cambridge.org/ http://journals.cambridge.org/action/login
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/1332
Published: Cambridge University Press - Copyright holder: Cambridge University Press - Http://journals.canbridge.org
Citation: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 4(3): 275-297
ISSN: 1366-7289
Date: 2001

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