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 …

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Bei YANG, “Acquisition of Shanghainese, L1”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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