The Acquisition of Gender

Crosslinguistic perspectives

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ISBN 9789027210098 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Gender as a morphosyntactic feature is arguably “an endlessly fascinating linguistic category” (Corbett 2014: 1). One may even say it is among “the most puzzling of the grammatical categories” (Corbett 1991: 1) that has raised probing questions from various theoretical and applied perspectives. Most languages display semantic and/or formal gender systems with various degrees of opacity and complexity, and even closely related languages present distinct differences, creating difficulties for second language learners. The first three chapters of this volume present critical reviews in three different areas – gender assignment in mixed noun phrases, subtle gentle biases and the gender acquisition in child and adult heritage speakers of Spanish – while the next six chapters present new empirical evidence in the acquisition of gender by bilingual children, adult L2/L3 learners and heritage speakers of various languages such as Italian, German, Dutch or Mandarin-Italian.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 63]  Expected January 2022.  xi, 282 pp.
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
About the contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction: Gender, geslag, Geschlecht, γένος, ਲਿੰਗ, 性別
Dalila Ayoun
Part I. Review chapters
Chapter 2. Gender assignment in mixed noun phrases: State of the art
Kate Bellamy and M. Carmen Parafita Couto
Chapter 3. Empirical evidence for subtle gender biases in language
Yulia Esaulova and Lisa von Stockhausen
Chapter 4. The acquisition of grammatical gender in child and adult heritage speakers of Spanish: Beyond the source of differences
Alejandro Cuza and Liliana Sánchez
Part II. Child, adult and heritage speakers
Chapter 5. The second language acquisition of grammatical gender and number in Italian
Dalila Ayoun and Stefano Maranzana
Chapter 6. Grammatical gender and article use in beginning learners of German
Peter Ecke
Chapter 7. The non-default gender category in additional-language French
Amanda Edmonds, Aarnes Gudmestad and Thomas Metzger
Chapter 8. Investigating grammatical gender agreement in Spanish: A methodological exploration of eye tracking
LeAnne Spino
Chapter 9. Cross-linguistic influence in bilingual grammars: Evidence from gender assignment in unilingual Dutch and mixed speech
Brechje van Osch, Ivo H.G. Boers, Janet Grijzenhout, M. Carmen Parafita Couto, Bo Sterken and Deniz Tat
Chapter 10. Prediction on the basis of gender and number in Mandarin-Italian bilingual children
Jasmijn E. Bosch, Mathilde Chailleux, Jia’en Yee, Maria Teresa Guasti and Fabrizio Arosio
Language index
Name index
Subject index
“This timely volume reflects the vitality of current research on gender, including both critical reviews and novel empirical studies. Topics include gender acquisition by bilingual children, issues of adult learners – both L2 and L3 – and heritage speakers of very different languages. The variety in subject matter is matched by the choice of research methods; these range from corpus work, semi-guided interviews and picture narration, through to eye-tracking. An interesting feature is the way in which gender serves both as the research topic and the means to address other research questions. As a result, the volume appeals to a wide range of readers.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFDM – Bilingualism & multilingualism
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021041994 | Marc record