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Acquisition of Shanghainese, L1
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Shànghǎi children acquire most segments of Shànghǎi phonology by age two and a half. They control phonological units, such as syllables, onset, and rhyme (=rime), by the time they are three years old. Cross-language comparison indicates that the acquisition of Shànghǎi dialect has many similarities with Mandarin, Cantonese, and Southern Mǐn 閩 acquisition, including acquisition order. However, because of some unique features of Shànghǎ…

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Bei YANG, “Acquisition of Shanghainese, L1”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000113>
First published online: 2015

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