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Title: Prosodically-conditioned variability in children's production of French determiners
Author: Katherine Demuth
Institution: Macquarie University
Author: Annie Temblay
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Homepage: https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/atrembla/home/
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Researchers have long noted that children's grammatical morphemes are variably produced, raising questions about when and how grammatical competence is acquired. This study examined the spontaneous production of determiners by two French-speaking children aged 1 ; 5–2 ; 5. It found that determiners were produced earlier with monosyllabic words, and later with disyllabic and trisyllabic words. This suggests that French-speaking children's early determiners are prosodically licensed as part of a binary foot, with determiners appearing more consistently only once prosodic representations become more complex. This study therefore provides support for the notion that grammatical morphemes first appear in prosodically licensed contexts, suggesting that some of the early variability in morphological production is systematic and predictable.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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