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Article: Tense and temporality: how young children express time in Cantonese

TitleTense and temporality: how young children express time in Cantonese
Authors
KeywordsCantonese
Time expression
Young children
Issue Date2012
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.. The Journal's web site is located at http://benjamins.com/catalog/cld
Citation
Chinese Language and Discourse, 2012, v. 3 n. 1, p. 35-56 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study investigated how a representative sample of 492 Cantonese-speaking children aged 36, 48 and 60 months expressed time during naturalistic conversations with peers. Spontaneous utterances produced by dyads of children in a 30-minute role-play context were collected, transcribed and analyzed. A productive repertoire of 62 nouns, 69 adverbs and 9 aspects was identified and classified into an appropriate typology. An age-related increase in types of temporal noun and adverb and repertoire size was found. It was also discovered that three-year-olds might already possess knowledge of aspect markers even though they might not be able to produce temporal nouns about “season” and “week” before 4 or 5 years of age. Some instances of double aspectual marking and misplacing aspects were found in the expressions. Linguistic, cognitive and conversational influences presumed to shape performance are discussed together with the implications of the findings for early childhood language education.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/146429
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.102

 

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dc.contributor.authorTse, SKen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, Hen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, SOen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-24T07:53:29Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-24T07:53:29Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationChinese Language and Discourse, 2012, v. 3 n. 1, p. 35-56en_US
dc.identifier.issn1877-8798-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/146429-
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated how a representative sample of 492 Cantonese-speaking children aged 36, 48 and 60 months expressed time during naturalistic conversations with peers. Spontaneous utterances produced by dyads of children in a 30-minute role-play context were collected, transcribed and analyzed. A productive repertoire of 62 nouns, 69 adverbs and 9 aspects was identified and classified into an appropriate typology. An age-related increase in types of temporal noun and adverb and repertoire size was found. It was also discovered that three-year-olds might already possess knowledge of aspect markers even though they might not be able to produce temporal nouns about “season” and “week” before 4 or 5 years of age. Some instances of double aspectual marking and misplacing aspects were found in the expressions. Linguistic, cognitive and conversational influences presumed to shape performance are discussed together with the implications of the findings for early childhood language education.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co.. The Journal's web site is located at http://benjamins.com/catalog/cld-
dc.relation.ispartofChinese Language and Discourseen_US
dc.subjectCantonese-
dc.subjectTime expression-
dc.subjectYoung children-
dc.titleTense and temporality: how young children express time in Cantoneseen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailTse, SK: sktse@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLi, H: huili@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityTse, SK=rp00964en_US
dc.identifier.authorityLi, H=rp00926en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1075/cld.3.1.03tse-
dc.identifier.hkuros199351en_US
dc.identifier.volume3en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage35en_US
dc.identifier.epage56en_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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