CHILL! Talk 6 April Zou Ting: Processing of lexical tones by Dutch learners of Mandarin

Chinese Linguistics in Leiden
Upcoming talks:
6 April 2016, 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1
ZOU Ting (Leiden)
“Processing of lexical tones by Dutch learners of Mandarin”
This study investigates how beginner and advanced Dutch learners of Mandarin process tonal information. Looking at tonal discrimination and segment tone integration, our investigations show a developmental path in tone learning. The beginner learners cannot process tonal contrast adequately at the phonological level, and they process segmental and tonal information separately, like native Dutch listeners without Mandarin experience. The advanced learners show a good phonological discrimination of tonal contrasts. They show a more native-like pattern in distributing their attention between segmental and tonal information, and they process the two dimensions in an integrated manner, similar to native Mandarin listeners. This suggests that the acquisition of new tonal categories in L2 involves a redistribution of attention along acoustic dimensions and the development of segment-tone integration.
The rest of the Spring Program (all on Wednesdays 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1, Leiden)
20 April 2016: Wu Juan (Leiden): “Contact-Induced Grammatical Creations: Through the Lens of Chinese Buddhist Translations”
4 May 2016: Hu Han (Leiden): “A Sociolinguistic Study on Rhoticity in Beijing Mandarin”
18 May 2016: Wang Man (Leiden): “Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin”
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