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Language Disorders in Speakers of Chinese Edited by: Sam-Po Law, Brendan Weekes, Anita M-Y Wong

Hardback - 328 pages
18 Dec 2008
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


This book represents the latest research in language disorders in Chinese speakers by more than 20 scholars from Asia, the UK and the US. It features single case and group studies addressing theoretical and clinical issues concerning language impairments and reading and writing disorders in Chinese-speaking children and adults.


This outstanding book contains data and analyses from distinguished native-speaker contributors and their colleagues. Because Chinese differs dramatically from European languages, these lucid presentations challenge theorists and practitioners of all theoretical persuasions. This is essential reading even for language professionals who never expect to deal with Chinese at first hand.
Lise Menn, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado, Associate Editor of Aphasiology

Lucid, conceptually rich and clinically useful, this volume probes areas of childhood and adult communication disorders where Chinese may differ interestingly from the more-studied languages in our field.
Loraine K. Obler, Distinguished Professor, Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center

Splendid! This volume, with its timely topic, reputable editors, and outstanding contributors, not only fills an existing gap but also breaks new ground in the comparative study of language disorders.
Ping Li, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University, Editor of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

The authors of this volume have succeeded in organizing a diverse array of material into a contemporary and highly readable text for clinicians and researchers everywhere about language disorders in speakers of Chinese.
Bradley McPherson, Honorary Director, Centre for Communication Disorders, The University of Hong Kong

Author Biography:

Sam-Po Law is an Associate Professor at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. She was trained in developmental psychology and linguistics. Her research interests in Chinese language disorders include acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia, lexical and sentence processing deficits, and language rehabilitation of individuals with aphasia.; Brendan Weekes is an experimental psychologist who studies the psychology of language and memory - specifically word recognition and recall. He examines cognitive processes using cross-linguistic, neuropsychological and brain imaging methods. His research can be applied to understanding problems in clinical neuropsychology including bilingual aphasia, dementia and reading difficulties.; Anita Wong is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. A speech-language pathologist by training, she has worked with English- and Chinese-speaking children with developmental speech and language disorders. Her current research interests include the early identification of language impairment, and the underlying linguistic and cognitive deficits in Cantonese-speaking children with SLI.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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