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Kan, Pui Fong Associate Professor


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  • Dr Kan's research focuses on language learning in children who learn one language (L1) at home from birth and start to learn a second language (L2) during childhood. Her current projects explore two main areas in developing children: (1) the contribution of bilingual and bicultural experience to the development of cognitive and linguistic skills and (2) the dynamic relationship between the existing cognitive-linguistic system and the new linguistic knowledge. Currently she is working on a research project examining the language skills in Cantonese-English bilingual children from six Head Start centers in San Francisco, CA. The results of this project will serve as a baseline for identifying sequential bilingual children who have language disorders.


  • Bilingualism, Child language development, Language Disorders


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