This text contains a series of studies of phonological acquisition and development of children in specific contexts: linguistic context - Putonghua or Modern Standard Chinese; and developmental contexts - normally developing children, children with speech disorders, children with hearing impairment, and twins. This is a study of phonological development and impairment in Chinese-speaking children. It provides the normative data on this population, which should be of value to speech and language therapists and other professionals. It also advances the notion of "phonological saliency" which explains the cross-linguistic similarities and differences in children's phonological development.
About the Author Zhu Hua obtained a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Speech studied. She is also a qualified translator-interpreter and teacher. Since 1996, she has been involved in a number of research projects on language acquisition and disorders. She has published extensively on child language (Journal of Child Language, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders) and cross-cultural pragmatics (Journal of Pragmatics, Multilingua).