Less is more in Hong Kong: Investigation of biscriptal and trilingual development among Chinese twins in a (relatively) small city

Wai Lap Simpson WONG, Suk Han Connie HO, Catherine Alexandra MCBRIDE, Bonnie Wing-Yin CHOW, Miu Yee Mary WAYE

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Abstract

One salient characteristic of twin studies and the related behavioral genetics paradigm is the requirement of a large sample size. Countries or regions that are large in size and highly populated are at an advantage when implementing twin studies. However, given the fascinating and promising results obtained from twin studies, many researchers based in smaller countries or regions may still want to conduct twin studies in order to address local and theoretical issues. In this article, we have outlined the development of twin studies in Hong Kong, one of the Special Administrative Regions of China. The historical development and design of the two major twin studies of language and reading development implemented within Hong Kong are discussed, providing insights to researchers who also aspire to conduct twin studies in small regions. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-71
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Volume20
Issue number1
Early online dateDec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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Wong, S. W. L., Ho, C. S.-H., McBride, C., Chow, B. W.-Y., & Waye, M. M. Y. (2017). Less is more in Hong Kong: Investigation of biscriptal and trilingual development among Chinese twins in a (relatively) small city. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 20(1), 66-71.

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Language and reading development
  • Twin studies