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Adjective concord in French: Phonology, morphology, acquisition and the brain.
 
Date: Apr 12, 2011

French variable adjectives have traditionally been described as undergoing a process of final consonant deletion from the feminine to the masculine form.


French variable adjectives have traditionally been described as undergoing a process of final consonant deletion from the feminine to the masculine form. I review different hypotheses that have been proposed to account for this phenomenon, highlighting problems with the theoretical analyses and advances in empirical work on the question. I present an analysis where the regular rule of French adjectives is considered to be no change and variable adjectives are treated as lexicalized irregulars. Finally I propose further avenues of research investigating the cognitive processing of agreement, involving ERPs.

When: Tuesday, 12th of April, 11:30am

Who: Phaedra Royle, Université de Montréal, CA

What: Adjective concord in French: Phonology, morphology, acquisition and the brain.

Where: BCBL, Paseo Mikeletegi 69, Floor 2.