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How children build their morphosyntax: The case of French

Christophe Parisse
Marie-Thérèse Le Normand


Early morphosyntax is very rich and uniform in French-speaking young children. The present study aims to give a thorough analysis of the morphosyntax produced at the outset of multi-word speech, with a classification of free language produced at 2;0 by 27 French speaking children. The corpus was fully tagged by an automatic part-of-speech tagger. A classification performed with words taken in isolation shows a clear difference between the categories used in single-word utterances and those used in multi-word utterances. A classification performed with word sequences reveals surprisingly adult-like sequences of syntactic categories and words; the non-adult combinations are few in a French child's language.
The very successful use of the tagger demonstrates the morphosyntactic coherence of the child's speech. When compared with adult language, the quantitative results, and more precisely the data concerning regularity and error types contribute to the documentation of all the specificities of the emerging morphosyntax in normally developing French children.


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halshs-00086506 , version 1 (18-07-2006)


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Christophe Parisse, Marie-Thérèse Le Normand. How children build their morphosyntax: The case of French. Journal of Child Language, 2000, 27, pp.267-292. ⟨halshs-00086506⟩
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