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The use of romanized Chinese by first- and second-grade pupils: challenges in learning pinyin

Abstract:

The challenges in learning pinyin, the romanized Chinese orthography, faced by 5-to-7-year-olds, have received little attention. This study represents an attempt to better understand learning an alphabetic writing system from the viewpoint of the alphabetic principle, in the context of the Chinese language, by examining both reading aloud and spelling, with a particular focus on spelling.

To detect the challenges, a pinyin syllable-type test (STT) was developed, in which syllables ...

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Department:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Department:
University of Oxford
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Examiner
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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