Development of sensitivity to tone correlates by learners of Mandarin

Li Bin, Jing Shao

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Abstract

This study examined how Vietnamese learners of Mandarin who varied in their learning experience perceived synthesized Mandarin tones. We aimed to assess whether and how learners’ sensitivity to tonal correlates is commensurate with their knowledge and experience in the target language. 60 Vietnamese learners of Mandarin in Hanoi, and native speakers of Mandarin, were recruited to participate in tone identification tasks. As expected, Mandarin speakers scored the highest among all groups of listeners. More advanced Vietnamese listeners performed better than inexperienced ones and the response patterns were resemble to the native Mandarin speakers. Results also suggest that experience in Mandarin interacted significantly with certain tonal correlate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL-2014)
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Pages156-159
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2014
Event4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages - Nijmegen, Netherlands
Duration: 13 May 201416 May 2014
https://www.isca-speech.org/archive/tal_2014/index.html

Conference

Conference4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
Abbreviated titleTAL 2014
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityNijmegen
Period13/05/1416/05/14
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User-Defined Keywords

  • Mandarin tone
  • Vietnamese
  • tone perception
  • development

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