Acquisition of Tone, L1
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1.Theme and Methods

All varieties of Chinese have lexical tones. The most discussed issues concerning the acquisition of tone in Sinitic (Chinese) languages include:


The acquisition of tones versus the acquisition of segmentals;


The chronological order (or stages) in the acquisition of tone categories (i.e.…

Cite this page
Jane TSAY, “Acquisition of Tone, L1”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 March 2017 <>
First published online: 2015

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