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Presentation: Acoustic evidence for protracted development of monosyllabic Mandarin tone production by Taiwanese children

TitleAcoustic evidence for protracted development of monosyllabic Mandarin tone production by Taiwanese children
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.html
Citation
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2011, v. 130 n. 4, p. 2525 How to Cite?
AbstractThe current study examines the acoustic characteristics of monosyllabic Mandarin tones produced by 3-y-old children growing up in Taiwan. Four hundred monosyllabic tone productions were collected from 11 adults and 10 children and were judged by 5 Mandarin-speaking adults to determine tone accuracy. Seven acoustic parameters strongly associated with Mandarin tone perception were measured in these productions and compared among children's and adults correct and incorrect productions. The findings indicate that children do not produce the high level tone with fundamental frequencies (f0) as high or level as adults. Children's rising, falling, and dipping tones do not reach f0 ranges as low as adults. These results are largely consistent with the findings in our previous acoustic study on the monosyllabic Mandarin tones produced by 3-y-old children growing up in the U.S. Taken together, 3-y-old Mandarin-speaking children growing up in the U.S. and Taiwan do not produce adult-like monosyllabic Mandarin tones. Even children's productions in which the tonal targets are correctly perceived by adults are acoustically different than the adult forms. Children demonstrate more difficulties producing low f0 targets. The findings provide acoustic evidence to support a much more protracted process for Mandarin lexical tone acquisition than most studies have suggested.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/194055
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dc.contributor.authorYu, X-
dc.contributor.authorYang, J-
dc.contributor.authorWong, PS-
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-29T04:29:21Z-
dc.date.available2014-01-29T04:29:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2011, v. 130 n. 4, p. 2525-
dc.identifier.issn0001-4966-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/194055-
dc.description.abstractThe current study examines the acoustic characteristics of monosyllabic Mandarin tones produced by 3-y-old children growing up in Taiwan. Four hundred monosyllabic tone productions were collected from 11 adults and 10 children and were judged by 5 Mandarin-speaking adults to determine tone accuracy. Seven acoustic parameters strongly associated with Mandarin tone perception were measured in these productions and compared among children's and adults correct and incorrect productions. The findings indicate that children do not produce the high level tone with fundamental frequencies (f0) as high or level as adults. Children's rising, falling, and dipping tones do not reach f0 ranges as low as adults. These results are largely consistent with the findings in our previous acoustic study on the monosyllabic Mandarin tones produced by 3-y-old children growing up in the U.S. Taken together, 3-y-old Mandarin-speaking children growing up in the U.S. and Taiwan do not produce adult-like monosyllabic Mandarin tones. Even children's productions in which the tonal targets are correctly perceived by adults are acoustically different than the adult forms. Children demonstrate more difficulties producing low f0 targets. The findings provide acoustic evidence to support a much more protracted process for Mandarin lexical tone acquisition than most studies have suggested.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.html-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of the Acoustical Society of America-
dc.rightsJournal of the Acoustical Society of America. Copyright © Acoustical Society of America.-
dc.rightsCopyright (2011) Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The following article appeared in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2011, v. 130 n. 4, p. 2525 and may be found at ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3655079-
dc.titleAcoustic evidence for protracted development of monosyllabic Mandarin tone production by Taiwanese childrenen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, PS: puisanw@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1121/1.3655079-
dc.identifier.volume130-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage2525-
dc.identifier.epage2525-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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