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Cantonese consonantal development: towards a nonlinear account.

Authors
  • Wong, W W
  • Stokes, S F
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of child language
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2001
Volume
28
Issue
1
Pages
195–212
Identifiers
PMID: 11258004
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Descriptions of the development of prosodic and segmental tiers of children's phonological systems have been derived from investigations of the development of English. This paper provides a preliminary description of phonological tier development in Cantonese-speaking children. Eight children, (two each at 1;7, 2;6, 3;5, and 4;2 years) named 95 pictures. The data were analysed for word, syllable, onset-rime, skeletal, and segmental tiers. The results suggested a developmental order in the acquisition of hierarchical features. Decreasing order of accuracy of the tiers was word = syllable > onset-rime = skeletal > segmental. A model of feature geometry was adopted to describe the acquisition of features. An interesting finding is the way the laryngeal feature (aspiration) was combined with place contrasts one at a time rather than all at once.

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