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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: Gender differences in language development in French Canadian children between 8 and 30 months of age
Author: CarolineBouchard
Institution: Université du Québec à Montréal
Author: NatachaTrudeau
Institution: Université de Montréal
Author: AnnSutton
Institution: University of Ottawa
Author: Marie-ClaudeBoudreault
Institution: Université de Montréal
Author: JoaneDeneault
Institution: Université du Québec à Rimouski
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to examine the language of girls and boys between 8 and 30 months of age, using the Quebec French version of The MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories. The findings from this parental report measure confirm those of earlier research, which showed the linguistic superiority of girls over boys at a young age. More specifically, the results show that girls produce significantly more words than boys; their utterances contain a greater number of grammatical forms, and are more complex syntactically. On the qualitative level, the data illustrate distinctive characteristics associated with gender in the acquisition of the first 100 words. These findings suggest that caution is necessary when assessing young children to interpret performance in light of factors that may contribute to it, including gender. These results are discussed in light of whether separate normative data are warranted for young boys and girls learning Canadian French.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 30, Issue 4, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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