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Article: Sex differences in syntactic development: Evidence from Cantonese-speaking preschoolers in Hong Kong

TitleSex differences in syntactic development: Evidence from Cantonese-speaking preschoolers in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2002
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=106932
Citation
International Journal Of Behavioral Development, 2002, v. 26 n. 6, p. 509-517 How to Cite?
AbstractUtterances produced during spontaneous play activities by 180 Cantonese-speaking children, ranging in age from 3 to 5 years, were analysed with the focus on declaratives. Syntactic development was gauged in terms of changes in the mean length of utterance, sentence type and structure, syntactic complexity, and verb pattern, and age-related developments in these were found. Significant sex differences were found in syntactic development, with girls outperforming boys in mean utterance length, some sentence types and structures, and syntactic complexity, with a significant age by sex interaction in the group of 4-year-olds. The period between age 3 and age 4 was identified as critical for syntactic development, as many linguistic changes occurred in this time. Growth in the ability to use compound sentences was found to be the most significant contributor to increased mean length of utterance. Biological, psychological, and sociocontextual factors influencing these sex differences in language performance are explored and discussed. The generality of the educational implications is discussed.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/85042
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.61
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.308
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dc.contributor.authorTse, SKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKwong, SMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLi, Hen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:00:10Z-
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dc.date.issued2002en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Behavioral Development, 2002, v. 26 n. 6, p. 509-517en_HK
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dc.description.abstractUtterances produced during spontaneous play activities by 180 Cantonese-speaking children, ranging in age from 3 to 5 years, were analysed with the focus on declaratives. Syntactic development was gauged in terms of changes in the mean length of utterance, sentence type and structure, syntactic complexity, and verb pattern, and age-related developments in these were found. Significant sex differences were found in syntactic development, with girls outperforming boys in mean utterance length, some sentence types and structures, and syntactic complexity, with a significant age by sex interaction in the group of 4-year-olds. The period between age 3 and age 4 was identified as critical for syntactic development, as many linguistic changes occurred in this time. Growth in the ability to use compound sentences was found to be the most significant contributor to increased mean length of utterance. Biological, psychological, and sociocontextual factors influencing these sex differences in language performance are explored and discussed. The generality of the educational implications is discussed.en_HK
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dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=106932en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Behavioral Developmenten_HK
dc.rightsInternational Journal of Behavioral Development. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.en_HK
dc.titleSex differences in syntactic development: Evidence from Cantonese-speaking preschoolers in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailTse, SK: sktse@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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