Is the expressive vocabulary of young Cantonese speakers noun or verb dominated?

Shek Kam Tse, Carol Chan, Hui Li

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Abstract

The spontaneous utterances produced by 492 Cantonese-speaking children aged 36-60 months in 30-minute toy play contexts were collected. The incidence and percentage of different lexical classes, the ratio of noun and verb types and tokens were calculated. A statistically significant predominance of verb usage was found in the expressive utterances of the children. No similar predominance was found for nouns. Linguistic, cultural and contextual variables possibly underlying these outcomes are explored and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-227
Number of pages13
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume175
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cantonese
  • expressive vocabulary
  • verb-dominated
  • early childhood

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