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The role of morphophonological regularity in young Spanish-speaking children's production of gendered noun phrases.
J Child Lang. 2012 Sep; 39(4):753-76.JC

Abstract

Adult Spanish speakers generally know which form a determiner preceding a noun should have even if the noun is not in their lexicon, because Spanish demonstrates high predictability between determiner form and noun form (la noun-a and el noun-o). We asked whether young children learning Spanish are similarly sensitive to the correlation of determiner and noun forms, or whether they initially learn determiner-noun pairings one-by-one. Spanish-English bilingual children and adults repeated Spanish words and non-words preceded by gender congruous and incongruous determiners. If children learn determiner-noun pairings one-by-one, they should show a gender congruity effect only for words. In contrast with this prediction, both children and adults demonstrated congruity effects for words and non-words, indicating sensitivity to correlated morphophonological forms. Furthermore, both age groups showed more facility in producing phrases with nouns ending in -a, which are more frequent and predictable from the preceding determiner.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA. blindse2@email.arizona.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22182597

Citation

Lindsey, Brittany A., and Louann Gerken. "The Role of Morphophonological Regularity in Young Spanish-speaking Children's Production of Gendered Noun Phrases." Journal of Child Language, vol. 39, no. 4, 2012, pp. 753-76.
Lindsey BA, Gerken L. The role of morphophonological regularity in young Spanish-speaking children's production of gendered noun phrases. J Child Lang. 2012;39(4):753-76.
Lindsey, B. A., & Gerken, L. (2012). The role of morphophonological regularity in young Spanish-speaking children's production of gendered noun phrases. Journal of Child Language, 39(4), 753-76. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000911000250
Lindsey BA, Gerken L. The Role of Morphophonological Regularity in Young Spanish-speaking Children's Production of Gendered Noun Phrases. J Child Lang. 2012;39(4):753-76. PubMed PMID: 22182597.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The role of morphophonological regularity in young Spanish-speaking children's production of gendered noun phrases. AU - Lindsey,Brittany A, AU - Gerken,Louann, Y1 - 2011/12/19/ PY - 2011/12/21/entrez PY - 2011/12/21/pubmed PY - 2013/1/29/medline SP - 753 EP - 76 JF - Journal of child language JO - J Child Lang VL - 39 IS - 4 N2 - Adult Spanish speakers generally know which form a determiner preceding a noun should have even if the noun is not in their lexicon, because Spanish demonstrates high predictability between determiner form and noun form (la noun-a and el noun-o). We asked whether young children learning Spanish are similarly sensitive to the correlation of determiner and noun forms, or whether they initially learn determiner-noun pairings one-by-one. Spanish-English bilingual children and adults repeated Spanish words and non-words preceded by gender congruous and incongruous determiners. If children learn determiner-noun pairings one-by-one, they should show a gender congruity effect only for words. In contrast with this prediction, both children and adults demonstrated congruity effects for words and non-words, indicating sensitivity to correlated morphophonological forms. Furthermore, both age groups showed more facility in producing phrases with nouns ending in -a, which are more frequent and predictable from the preceding determiner. SN - 1469-7602 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22182597/The_role_of_morphophonological_regularity_in_young_Spanish_speaking_children's_production_of_gendered_noun_phrases_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0305000911000250/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -