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Acquisition of Tone, L2

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Author(s): Yue WANG | Allard JONGMAN | Joan A. SERENO
Chinese languages use tones to distinguish word meaning. Tones are acoustically manifested by changes primarily in fundamental frequency (F0, perceived as pitch) as well as amplitude and duration. Native Chinese speakers process these acoustic correlates as linguistic entities in their perception and production of tonal categories. For learners whose native language (L1) is non-tonal, tones may present great difficulty, since the functional association between the acoustic characteristics and th…
Date: 2017-03-02