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English to French translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary / Le genre grammatical
English term or phrase:REAL NOUN
Linguistique - le genre grammatical
One of the important facts we know about acquisition is that the mature native speaker knows not only which gender is associated with which ending, but also how widely applicable that rule is. In their study asking native speakers to determine the gender of various nouns presented to them, Tucker et al. noted that native speakers, including very young children, make consistently correct gender assignments as much as 95% of the time (p. 13).
Tucker et al. furthermore claimed that these assignments were generally based on phonological endings ; the subjects placed nouns in gender categories in a manner perfectly consistent with the predictions made observing the co-occurrences of gender and ending among the nouns (p. 24). Even more convincingly, the subjects were also consistent in assigning gender to rarely occurring REAL NOUNS, invented nouns and nonsense nouns (nouns that they had never seen before and of which the did not know the meaning).