THE ACQUISITION OF PERSON PRONOUNS IN FRENCH‐SPEAKING CHILDREN

Authors:
Maria Legerstee, Helga Feider
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
DOI:
10.1080/00207598608247610
Pages:
629–639
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 21 Issue 1-4

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The study reports data on the acquisition of person pronouns by 29 French‐speaking children, aged between 18 and 30 months. The results show that this acquisition proceeds according to a regular developmental sequence, which parallels that found in research with English‐speaking children. However, it appeared that the French‐speaking children in this study learned the pronouns about 2‐3 months later than had been reported for English‐speaking children. The results are interpreted as giving evidence about the selective contribution of general developmental mechanisms and socio‐cultural and linguistic factors to young children's learning of person pronouns.

L'étude porte sur l'acquisition des pronoms personnels chez 29 enfants francophones, âgés de 18 à 30 mois. Elle montre que cette acquisition se fait selon une séquence régulière qui est la měme que celle déjà rapportée pour les enfants anglophones. Cependant, les enfants francophones semblent apprendre les pronoms environ 2‐3 mois plus tard que les enfants anglophones. La discussion porte sur la contribution relative des mécanismes généraux de développement et des facteurs socioculturels et linguistiques dans l'acquisition du système des pronoms personnels.

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