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ERIC Number: EJ1018637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Processing of Lexical Tones by Young Chinese Children
Lin, Candise Y.; Wang, Min; Shu, Hua
Journal of Child Language, v40 n4 p885-899 Sep 2013
The current study examined five- and seven-year-old Mandarin-speaking children's processing of lexical tones in relation to speech segments by varying onset and rime in an oddity task (onset±rime±). Results showed that children experienced more difficulty in lexical tone oddity judgment when rimes differed across monosyllables (e.g. onset+rime-) than when onsets differed (e.g. onset-rime+). This finding suggests that vowels interfere more than consonants in lexical tone processing. Seven-year-olds consistently outperformed five-year-olds, suggesting that the growth of metalinguistic awareness and literacy exposure may play a joint role in the development of lexical tone processing skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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