Speech development in Mandarin-speaking children

Gang Peng (Corresponding Author), Fei Chen

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The unique ability to communicate through speech clearly distinguishes human beings from all other animals. Children start to produce their first words by the age of one; by four, most children have developed the ability to use their native language; by six or seven, they become veteran users of their native language. Many studies have focused on the developmental trajectories of one or two types of phonetic units of speech (e.g., consonants, vowels, or tones), but a more comprehensive picture of speech development is still lacking. Questions deserving further investigation include: What are the order and rate of acquisition of various phonetic units? What is the possible driving force underlying the developmental order? How can we ascertain when children have obtained the same speech competence as adults? In this chapter, we will first review the literature on the development of speech perception and production in Mandarin-speaking children. Then, we will discuss relevant issues, and suggest possible solutions to the unresolved questions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpeech Perception, Production and Acquisition
EditorsHuei-Mei Liu, Feng-Ming Tsao, Ping Li
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-7606-5
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-7605-8
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020

Publication series

NameChinese Language Learning Sciences
ISSN (Print)2520-1719
ISSN (Electronic)2520-1727

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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