A Review of Phonological Development of Mandarin-Speaking Children Purpose Research into the phonological development of Chinese children is in its infancy compared with the relatively extensive data available on the English-speaking population. This article provided a comprehensive review of empirical studies on the acquisition of Mandarin phonology. Method Studies over the past 45 years that describe ... Review Article
Review Article  |   November 08, 2017
A Review of Phonological Development of Mandarin-Speaking Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Xin Xin Li
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam
  • Carol K. S. To
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Xin Xin Li: allylxx@hku.hk
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Li Sheng
    Associate Editor: Li Sheng×
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Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Review Articles
Review Article   |   November 08, 2017
A Review of Phonological Development of Mandarin-Speaking Children
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2017, Vol. 26, 1262-1278. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0061
History: Received April 22, 2016 , Revised October 18, 2016 , Accepted June 6, 2017
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2017, Vol. 26, 1262-1278. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0061
History: Received April 22, 2016; Revised October 18, 2016; Accepted June 6, 2017

Purpose Research into the phonological development of Chinese children is in its infancy compared with the relatively extensive data available on the English-speaking population. This article provided a comprehensive review of empirical studies on the acquisition of Mandarin phonology.

Method Studies over the past 45 years that describe phonological development in Mandarin-speaking children were located through electronic databases, citation searches, keyword searches through online search engines, and manual searches of libraries. The research design of the studies was reviewed, and findings of acceptable studies were summarized.

Results After reviewing the abstracts of 798 studies, a total of 12 that met the inclusion criteria were retained. These studies are discussed with reference to the demographic background of participants, geographic regions, aspects of speech sounds measured, data collection tools, transcription systems used, reliability, and the main findings.

Conclusions The general developmental patterns reported were consistent. The methodological design varied substantially. These discrepancies, however, provide insights for further systematic investigations into phonological development in Mandarin.

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