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Effects of Language Experience and Tonal Training on the Performance of Mandarin Speech Prosody: Case Studies of Korean, Thai, and VI Etnamese Learners
|摘要:||This project investigates the issue of how language experience affects the performance of L2 Mandarin speech prosody and effects of tonal training. A pretest-training-posttest design will be used to tap into the learning process and development of second language acquisition of Mandarin tones and speech prosody. Longitudinal case studies will be conducted to examine the roles of language experience and the input of tonal training in the production and the perception of Mandarin tones and speech prosody. Previous research on categorical perception of pitch contours has considered the contrast between tone language and non-tone language listeners, and the influence of different tone inventories and typology has relatively less studied. The linguistic environment must have a crucial influence on the development of tonal perception and production. Other factors such as length and residence (LOR), age of arrival (AOA), percentage of home use of Mandarin, and learners' motivation could have a link with the performance of L2 Mandarin speech prosody. Native speakers of Mandarin perceive Mandarin tones categorically, but non-native speakers may have difficulties in tonal identification and discrimination tasks. Native speakers of Thai and Vietnamese could have innate knowledge about tones, but tonal inventories in their native languages are different from those in Mandarin. Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese learners may have different speech prosody performance after 1-2 years of language learning. The development of Mandarin speech prosody among second language learners is not clear, and very few researchers have paid attention to the learning of Mandarin tones and speech prosody. Empirical and longitudinal studies on second language learners' development of Mandarin speech prosody are definitely needed.The goal of the project is to examine the production and perception of Mandarin tones and speech prosody by Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese learners. Mandarin learners with Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese language background will participate in the tonal production and perception tasks, tonal training, and the assessment of Mandarin speech prosody. Tonal training will be given in both communicative and instructional conditions. Linguistic patterns and tonal learning stages of Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese learners will be investigated, and pedagogical and learning strategies of Mandarin speech prosody will be provided for Mandarin teachers and L2 learners|
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