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Article: The acquisition of Cantonese classifiers by preschool children in Hong Kong

TitleThe acquisition of Cantonese classifiers by preschool children in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2007
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JCL
Citation
Journal Of Child Language, 2007, v. 34 n. 3, p. 495-517 How to Cite?
AbstractThe Cantonese language has a complex classifier system and young learners need to pay attention to both the semantics and syntax of classifiers. This study investigated the repertoire of classifiers produced by 492 Cantonese-speaking preschoolers in three age groups (3 ;0, 4 ;0 and 5 ;0). Spontaneous utterances produced in 30-mmute toy-play contexts were collected and transcribed. Analyses identified a productive repertoire of 73 classifiers in the utterances, which could be appropriately classified into the typology proposed in the present study. An age-related increase in the number of classifier types per child as well as the repertoire size of each group was found. g03 (CL) was widely used as the general classifier by the young children. It was also discovered that the three-year-olds were already showing signs of grasping the basic syntax of classifiers. Cognitive, linguistic and contextual influences presumed to shape the evidence are discussed. © 2007 Cambridge University Press.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57353
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.174
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.787
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dc.contributor.authorTse, SKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLi, Hen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, SOen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:34:00Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:34:00Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Child Language, 2007, v. 34 n. 3, p. 495-517en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0305-0009en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57353-
dc.description.abstractThe Cantonese language has a complex classifier system and young learners need to pay attention to both the semantics and syntax of classifiers. This study investigated the repertoire of classifiers produced by 492 Cantonese-speaking preschoolers in three age groups (3 ;0, 4 ;0 and 5 ;0). Spontaneous utterances produced in 30-mmute toy-play contexts were collected and transcribed. Analyses identified a productive repertoire of 73 classifiers in the utterances, which could be appropriately classified into the typology proposed in the present study. An age-related increase in the number of classifier types per child as well as the repertoire size of each group was found. g03 (CL) was widely used as the general classifier by the young children. It was also discovered that the three-year-olds were already showing signs of grasping the basic syntax of classifiers. Cognitive, linguistic and contextual influences presumed to shape the evidence are discussed. © 2007 Cambridge University Press.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JCLen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Child Languageen_HK
dc.rightsJournal of Child Language. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshLanguageen_HK
dc.subject.meshSemanticsen_HK
dc.subject.meshVerbal Behavioren_HK
dc.subject.meshVerbal Learningen_HK
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen_HK
dc.titleThe acquisition of Cantonese classifiers by preschool children in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailTse, SK: sktse@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLi, H: huili@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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