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A longitudinal study of the phonological development of two Cantonese-English bilingual children

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Barbara Dodd


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Longitudinal case studies of the successive phonological acquisition of two Cantonese-English bilingual children, aged 2;3 to 3;1 years and 2;9 to 3;5 years, are presented. The children were assessed at 4-week intervals. The first assessment of their phonology occurred when they had been exposed to English for three months. Phoneme acquisition and phonological process data revealed that both children had separate phonological systems for the two languages. The two phonological systems for each child developed in similar ways to monolingual children acquiring Cantonese and English. However, a number of error patterns, indicative of disorder in monolingual children, were evident in the children's phonological systems in English and in Cantonese. These patterns have been documented as normal error patterns for successive bilingual Cantonese-English speaking children. The difference between normal successive bilingual phonological development and normal monolingual development is addressed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dodd B; Holm A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Psycholinguistics

Year: 1999

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

Pages: 349-376

Print publication date: 01/09/1999

ISSN (print): 0142-7164

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1817

Publisher: Cambridge University Press