The present corpus study analyzes 5,016 contextualized DPs drawn from 34 current newspaper and magazine articles to test the so-far unsubstantiated claim that the input provides abundant and clear evidence of the grammatical gender of French nouns. Findings show that 49.76% of noun tokens are not gender-marked; 9.01% of nouns lack a gender-marked determiner, but are modified by a gender-marked adjective; while 41.22% of nouns have a gender-marked determiner. Detailed qualitative and quantitative analyses provide a descriptive and explanatory account of gender-marked contexts and second language learnability implications are discussed. The lack of readily available word-external clues explains why the acquisition of French grammatical gender is notoriously difficult (e.g., Ayoun 2007).
Pieters, Tatiana, F. Neveu, B. Harmegnies, L. Hriba, S. Prévost & A. Steuckardt
2020. L’influence de la langue maternelle dans la maîtrise de l’assignation et de l’accord du genre grammatical en français langue seconde. SHS Web of Conferences 78 ► pp. 10004 ff.
Sossouvi, Laurent-Fidèle & Mei-Chih Lin
2020. La flexión nominal en la producción escrita de estudiantes benineses del profesorado de ELE. IKASTORRATZA.e-journal on Didactics► pp. 61 ff.
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