Chinese vocabulary acquisition in Hong Kong, 1980-2006


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This paper reviews the studies in vocabulary development of school-age children in Hong Kong from 1980 to 2006. In the first 10 years, from 1980 to 1990, the studies focused on the investigations in Hong Kong school pupils' lexical ability. In the ensuing 16 years, from 1990 to 2006, the work on vocabulary reference, corpus development and cross-regional, longitudinal information emerged. It is hoped that this broad review of research will facilitate future inquiry into Chinese vocabulary acquisition by identifying some potential research directions. Copyright © 2008 English Centre, University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
JournalHong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


Cheung, E. Y. M. (2008). Chinese vocabulary acquisition in Hong Kong, 1980-2006. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 11(1), 17-26.


  • Language acquisition
  • Chinese language
  • Vocabulary
  • School children
  • Child development


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