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Title: The Acquisition of Word Order in English and Cantonese Interrogative Sentences: A Singapore Case Study
Authors: Kwan-Terry, A. 
Issue Date: 1986
Citation: Kwan-Terry, A. (1986). The Acquisition of Word Order in English and Cantonese Interrogative Sentences: A Singapore Case Study. RELC Journal 17 (1) : 14-39. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Presented are findings of a longitudinal study of the simultaneous acquisition of Eng & Cantonese by a preschool child residing in Singapore. Data were collected from the M S between the ages 3:6 & 5:0. Attention is focused on the expression of interrogatives by the child in both langs. Some evidence of transfer from Cantonese to Eng & vice versa is found with respect to the position of interrogative words. No evidence of transfer of forms involving juxtaposition of the verbal element (eg, in yes/no questions) was found. This may be due to the significant differences in these kinds of structures in the two langs. B. Annesser Murray.
Source Title: RELC Journal
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130234
ISSN: 00336882
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