The development of discourse referencing in Cantonese of deaf/hard-of-hearing children
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AbstractThis paper investigates the development of discourse referencing in spoken Cantonese of fifteen deaf/hard-of-hearing children studying in a sign bilingual and co-enrolment education programme in a mainstream setting in Hong Kong. A comparison of their elicited narratives with those of the hearing children and adults shows that, despite a delay in acquiring the grammatical markings for (in)definiteness in Cantonese, these d/hh children show sensitivity towards the referential properties of different types of nominal expressions and their corresponding mappings with discourse functions. Specifically, they produced more bare nouns across all discourse contexts but fewer existential constructions, pronouns, demonstratives, and classifier-related constructions. Their choice of nominal expressions and the observed errors show striking similarities to the productions by the younger hearing children in this study, suggesting that the d/hh children's route of development of discourse referencing is likely to be similar to that of hearing children despite a slower rate of development.
All Author(s) ListSze F, Tang G, Lau T, Lam E, Yiu C
Journal nameJournal of Child Language
Volume Number42
Issue Number2
Pages351 - 393
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesLinguistics; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; Psychology, Experimental

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