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Tone acquisition in Cantonese: a longitudinal case study*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 September 2008

John Kwock-Ping Tse
University of Southern California


There have been relatively few studies on tone acquisition, as compared to studies on the acquisition of segmentals, morphology, and syntax. Still fewer are the studies on Chinese language acquisition. The present paper reports on a longitudinal case study of a Cantonese-speaking child aged 2; 8 and considers the implications of tone acquisition for tone studies in general, and Cantonese tonology in particular.

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I wish to express my thanks to Prof. Sandra A. Thompson of UCLA for her reading of the manuscript of this paper and for many helpful comments. For comments and encouragement in writing this paper I must thank Prof. Stephen D. Krashen, Prof. Robert B. Kaplan, and Prof. Larry M. Hyman of USC. Author's address: 1177 W. 28th Street, Apt. 2, Los Angeles, California 90007.



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