Phonological awareness and spelling abilities of Cantonese-English bilingual children

Jackson, Nicola, Holm, Alison and Dodd, Barbara (1998) Phonological awareness and spelling abilities of Cantonese-English bilingual children. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing, 3 79-96.

Author Jackson, Nicola
Holm, Alison
Dodd, Barbara
Title Phonological awareness and spelling abilities of Cantonese-English bilingual children
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1361-3286
Publication date 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 3
Start page 79
End page 96
Total pages 18
Place of publication San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Plural Publishing
Language eng
Subject 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Abstract The phonological awareness of 36 Cantonese-English bilingual children, aged between 3 & 10 years, was compared with matched monolingual English-speaking children. A battery of phonological awareness tasks was used that assessed syllable awareness, onset-rime awareness, phoneme awareness, reading & spelling. The only task differentiating monolingual & bilingual preschool children was rhyme awareness, the monolingual children performing better than the bilingual children. A comparison of the school-age children indicated that the monolingual children performed better in terms of number of plausible spelling errors, nonword spelling, nonword reading, visual rhyme recognition, phoneme manipulation & spoonerisms. Previous research on children learning two phonologically similar languages (eg, English-French, Italian-English) has reported that bilingual children have superior phonological awareness. The conflicting findings reported are discussed in terms of the following factors: spoken phonological structure; type of orthography; & literacy teaching strategies. It was concluded that each of these factors plays a role in determining the phonological awareness skills of bilingual children. 1 Table, 1 Figure, 43 References. Adapted from the source document
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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