Gender marking in L1 and L2 French: Syntactic complexity, lexical category and phonological expression

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Abstract

Very little is known about the accuracy of grammatical inflection in written language. In this study we investigated the effects of syntactic complexity, lexical category and phonological expression on gender marking in L1 and L2 French. Native speakers of French (n = 40) and Dutch learners of French (n = 45) completed a fill-in-the-gap task in which the test items were controlled for the linguistic factors under investigation. The results showed main effects for syntactic complexity and lexical category. For phonological expression we only observed moderation effects. We conclude that syntactic complexity and lexical category affect the accuracy of gender marking in written L1 and L2 French more than phonological expression.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationL1 Acquisition and L2 Learning
Subtitle of host publicationThe View from Romance
Editors Larisa Avram, Anca Sevcenco, Veronica Tomescu
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Chapter11
Pages289–314
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789027258892
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLanguage Acquisition and Language Disorders
Volume65
ISSN (Print)0925-0123

Keywords

  • French
  • Gender marking
  • Lexical category
  • Phonological expression
  • Syntactic complexity

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