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Productivity and beyond: mastering the Polish genitive inflection

Dabrowska, E. (2005) Productivity and beyond: mastering the Polish genitive inflection. Journal of Child Language, 32 (1). pp. 191-205. ISSN 0305-0009


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This study charts the development of the genitive masculine inflection, one of the most irregular parts of the Polish case-marking system. 72 Polish children aged from 2;3 to 10;8 participated in a nonce word production experiment testing their ability to supply the genitive form and their sensitivity to the semantic factors determining the choice of ending. Results indicate that productivity, or the ability to supply the inflected form of some nonce words, emerges early: 78% of the two-year-olds were able to inflect at least one test item. However, mastery, or the ability to consistently supply the correct ending, takes considerably longer to develop, and adultlike levels of provision are not reached until about age 10;0.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 Cambridge University Press
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Language and Linguistics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 11:54
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305000904006609
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0305000904006609
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1588

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