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    Phonological systems of a set of Putonghua-speaking twins

    Zhu, Hua and Dodd, B. (2000) Phonological systems of a set of Putonghua-speaking twins. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 35 (4), pp. 487-506. ISSN 1368-2822.

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    Abstract

    Impaired phonology is reported to be the most salient characteristic of the communication profiles of twin children. However, little is known about the phonological development of twins speaking languages other than English. This case study described the phonological systems of a set of Putonghua-speaking twins, using quantitative and qualitative measures. The analyses indicated that the phonological systems of the co-twins were not identical, though both evidenced characteristics of delayed or disordered phonological development and shared some error patterns. They comprehended both adult and their sibling's phonological forms, suggesting a dual phonological representation in their mental lexicon for some words. These results confirmed Dodd and McEvoy's (1994) research findings for English-speaking twins.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): dual phonological representation, twins, Putonghua
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 12:45
    Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 17:41
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15542

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