The acquisition of phonology by Cantonese-speaking children

So L.K.H. and Dodd B.J. (1995) The acquisition of phonology by Cantonese-speaking children. Journal of Child Language, 22 3: 473-495. doi:10.1017/S0305000900009922


Author So L.K.H.
Dodd B.J.
Title The acquisition of phonology by Cantonese-speaking children
Journal name Journal of Child Language   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-7602
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0305000900009922
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 473
End page 495
Total pages 23
Language eng
Subject 1203 Language and Linguistics
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
3200 Psychology
Abstract Little is known about the acquisition of phonology by children learning Cantonese as their first language. This paper describes the phoneme repertoires and phonological error patterns used by 268 Cantonese-speaking children aged 2; o to 6; o, as well as a longitudinal study of tone acquisition by four children aged 1 ;2 to 2;o. Children had mastered the contrastive use of tones and vowels by two years. While the order of acquisition of consonants was similar to that reported for English, the rate of acquisition was more rapid. The developmental error patterns used by more than 10% of children are also reported as common in other languages. However, specific rules associated with Cantonese phonology were also identified. Few phonological errors were made after age four. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that the ambient language influences the implementation of universal tendencies in phonological acquisition.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Unknown

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