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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Academic Paper


Title: 'What''s in a word? Morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge in three languages'
Author: CatherineMcBride-Chang
Institution: 'Chinese University of Hong Kong'
Author: TwilaTardif
Institution: 'University of Michigan'
Author: Jeung-RyeulCho
Institution: 'Kyungnam University'
Author: HuaShu
Institution: 'Beijing Normal University'
Author: PaulFletcher
Institution: 'University College Cork'
Author: StephanieF.Stokes
Institution: 'University of Canterbury'
Author: AnitaM. Y.Wong
Institution: 'University of Hong Kong'
Author: KawaiLeung
Institution: 'Chinese University of Hong Kong'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics'
Subject Language: 'Chinese, Yue'
' Chinese, Mandarin'
' Korean'
Abstract: Understanding how words are created is potentially a key component to being able to learn and understand new vocabulary words. However, research on morphological awareness is relatively rare. In this study, over 660 preschool-aged children from three language groups (Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean speakers) in which compounding morphology is highly prevalent were tested on their abilities to manipulate familiar morphemes to create novel compound words as well as on a variety of early language and reasoning measures twice over the span of 9 months to 1 year. With Time 1 vocabulary knowledge, phonological processing, and reasoning skills controlled, morphological awareness predicted unique variance in Time 2 vocabulary knowledge across languages. Across languages, vocabulary knowledge also predicted unique variance in subsequent morphological awareness, with Time 1 morphological awareness controlled. Findings underscore the bidirectional bootstrapping of morphological awareness and vocabulary acquisition for languages in which lexical compounding is prominent, and suggest that morphological awareness may be practically important in predicting and fostering children's early vocabulary learning.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 29, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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