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Nel, Norma Margaret; Krog, Soezin – Participatory Educational Research, 2021
Mandarin has been added to the list of second additional languages (SAL) that South African learners can choose from. The researchers proactively conducted research pertaining to SAL (Mandarin) since it is a dynamic phenomenon in South Africa. The research question was formulated as follows: "Do factors such as 1) phonemic differences between…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Phonetics
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Ma, Estella P.-M.; Tse, Mandy M.-S.; Momenian, Mohammad; Pu, Dai; Chen, Felix F. – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: This study aims to investigate the effects of dysphonic voice on speech intelligibility in Cantonese-speaking adults. Method: Speech recordings from three speakers with dysphonia secondary to phonotrauma and three speakers with healthy voices were presented to 30 healthy listeners (15 men and 15 women; M[subscript age] = 22.7 years) under…
Descriptors: Voice Disorders, Trauma, Auditory Stimuli, Intelligibility
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Wang, Yuxia; Yang, Xiaohu; Ding, Hongwei; Xu, Can; Liu, Chang – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the aging effects on the categorical perception (CP) of Mandarin lexical Tones 1-4 and Tones 1-2 in noise. It also investigated whether listeners' categorical tone perception in noise correlated with their general tone identification of 20 natural vowel-plus-tone signals in noise. Method: Twelve…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Aging (Individuals), Mandarin Chinese, Tone Languages
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Cheng, Ying-Ying; Wu, Hsin-Chi; Shih, Hsin-Yi; Yeh, Pei-Wen; Yen, Huei-Ling; Lee, Chia-Ying – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: This study explored the neural marker indexing deficits in discriminating lexical tone changes in Mandarin-speaking children with developmental language disorders (DLDs) using mismatch negativity, an event-related potential component for auditory change detection. Mandarin has four lexical tones characterized by a high-level tone (T1),…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Tone Languages, Language Impairments, Developmental Disabilities
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Nguyen, Duc Minh; Lee, Sue Ann S.; Hayakawa, Toko; Yamamoto, Masahiko; Natsume, Nagato – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: The purpose of the current study was to examine normative nasalance values in Vietnamese adult speakers with Southern dialect and to investigate the effects of vowels and tones on . Previous studies examining nasalance have been mainly conducted with Indo-European languages. Limited information on nasalance is available in tone languages…
Descriptors: Vietnamese, Vietnamese People, Dialects, Intonation
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Lau, Joseph C. Y.; To, Carol K. S.; Kwan, Judy S. K.; Kang, Xin; Losh, Molly; Wong, Patrick C. M. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021
Atypical pitch processing is a feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which affects non-tone language speakers' communication. Lifelong auditory experience has been demonstrated to modify genetically-predisposed risks for pitch processing. We examined individuals with ASD to test the hypothesis that lifelong auditory experience in tone…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Intonation, Auditory Perception
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Zhang, Hao; Ding, Hongwei; Zhang, Yang – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: Lexical tone perception is known to be persistently difficult for individuals with cochlear implants (CIs). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of high-variability phonetic training (HVPT) in improving Mandarin tone perception for native-speaking children with CIs. Method: A total of 28 Mandarin-speaking pediatric CI…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Tone Languages, Mandarin Chinese
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Wong, Puisan; Lam, Ka Yu – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2021
Purpose: Auditory training is important in pedagogical and clinical settings. In search of a more effective perceptual program for training new suprasegmental categories, this study examined the effect of two auditory programs that incorporated five elements that have previously been identified to be effective for training nonnative segmental and…
Descriptors: Auditory Perception, Training, Program Effectiveness, Sino Tibetan Languages
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Wang, Jianrong; Zhu, Yumeng; Chen, Yu; Mamat, Abdilbar; Yu, Mei; Zhang, Ju; Dang, Jianwu – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2020
Purpose: The primary purpose of this study was to explore the audiovisual speech perception strategies.80.23.47 adopted by normal-hearing and deaf people in processing familiar and unfamiliar languages. Our primary hypothesis was that they would adopt different perception strategies due to different sensory experiences at an early age, limitations…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Visual Perception, Auditory Perception, Deafness
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Singh, Leher; Wewalaarachchi, Thilanga D. – Developmental Psychology, 2020
Most children learn a language such as Mandarin Chinese that uses lexical tone to communicate meaning. This study aimed to examine the phonological specificity of tone representations in monolingual and bilingual learners of Mandarin. Two age-groups were tested: toddlers (2.5 to 3.5 years) and preschoolers (4 to 5 years; N = 80). Using a…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Native Speakers, Tone Languages, Word Recognition
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Thordardottir, Elin – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2020
In response to the recent sharp increase of L2 students in Reykjavik schools, allocation criteria for special L2 services were adopted that were based on length of residence and on whether children's home language was tonal or not tonal. This study set out to evaluate the appropriateness of these criteria, and to replicate previous findings of a…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Native Language, Linguistic Input, Repetition
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Mok, Peggy Pik Ki; Li, Vivian Guo; Fung, Holly Sze Ho – Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2020
Purpose: Previous studies showed both early and late acquisition of Cantonese tones based on transcription data using different criteria, but very little acoustic data were reported. Our study examined Cantonese tone acquisition using both transcription and acoustic data, illustrating the early and protracted aspects of Cantonese tone acquisition.…
Descriptors: Sino Tibetan Languages, Tone Languages, Phonetics, Language Acquisition
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Wiener, Seth; Chan, Marjorie K. M.; Ito, Kiwako – Modern Language Journal, 2020
This study examines the putative benefits of explicit phonetic instruction, high variability phonetic training, and their effects on adult nonnative speakers' Mandarin tone productions. Monolingual first language (L1) English speakers (n = 80), intermediate second language (L2) Mandarin learners (n = 40), and L1 Mandarin speakers (n = 40) took…
Descriptors: Phonetics, English, Mandarin Chinese, Tone Languages
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Chan, Ricky K. W.; Leung, Janny H. C. – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2020
L2 sounds present different kinds of challenges to learners at the phonetic, phonological, and lexical levels, but previous studies on L2 tone learning mostly focused on the phonetic and lexical levels. The present study employs an innovative technique to examine the role of prior tonal experience and musical training on forming novel abstract…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Phonetics, Intonation, Phonology
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Bryfonski, Lara; Ma, Xue – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2020
The current study investigates the effects of more explicit versus more implicit corrective feedback on beginner Mandarin learners' perception and production of Mandarin tones. The effects of oral corrective feedback have been extensively investigated for various domains of second language acquisition (see Mackey & Goo, 2007). For phonological…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Tone Languages, Mandarin Chinese, Error Correction
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