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Book Chapter: Tense and temporality: How young children express time in Cantonese

TitleTense and temporality: How young children express time in Cantonese
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Citation
Tense and temporality: How young children express time in Cantonese. In Zhu, H & Jin, L (Eds.), Development of Pragmatic and Discourse Skills in Chinese-Speaking Children, p. 35-56. Amsterdam the Netherlands; Philadelphia PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014 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 a 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/10722/198713
ISBN
Series/Report no.Benjamins current topics; v. 60

 

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dc.contributor.authorTse, SKen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, Hen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, SOen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T09:30:03Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T09:30:03Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationTense and temporality: How young children express time in Cantonese. In Zhu, H & Jin, L (Eds.), Development of Pragmatic and Discourse Skills in Chinese-Speaking Children, p. 35-56. Amsterdam the Netherlands; Philadelphia PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9789027202796-
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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 a 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.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Companyen_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesBenjamins current topics; v. 60-
dc.titleTense and temporality: How young children express time in Cantoneseen_US
dc.typeBook_Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.emailTse, SK: sktse@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailLi, H: huili@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityTse, SK=rp00964en_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1075/bct.60.03tseen_US
dc.identifier.hkuros229735en_US
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dc.identifier.epage56en_US
dc.publisher.placeAmsterdam the Netherlands; Philadelphia PAen_US

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