Becky Hsuan-hua Huang

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This study reports an exploratory analysis of the age of arrival (AoA) effect on the production of second language (L2) prosody. Three groups of Mandarin-speaking immigrants (N=10 in each group) with varying AoA in the United States and ten native speakers of English as controls participated in the study. All participants read a paragraph of English, and(More)
—This study examines the types of errors produced by Chinese learners of English when attempting to pronounce [T] in reading passages and presents a system for automatically detecting these pronunciation errors. The system achieves an accuracy of 79.8%, compared to the inter-annotator exact agreement rate of 83.1%. In addition, speaker-level scores based on(More)
The findings and opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the Abstract The present study piloted a survey-based measure of Opportunity to Learn (OTL) and Academic Language Exposure (ALE) in fourth grade science classrooms that sought to distinguish teacher practices with ELL (English language learner) and(More)
A three degrees-of-freedom inchworm-type robot is presented for miniature endoscope inspection in the human respiratory system. The robot is actuated with pneumatic artificial muscle and clamped by two air chambers. The robot's extra resistance in the human trachea is analysed in detail and the dynamic model of the robot is built. In order to solve the(More)
The count-mass distinction often served as a test case for asking how syntax and semantics are related, whether knowledge of one helps the acquisition of the other. Virtually no studies examined this distinction in classifier languages which supposedly lack the distinction. However, Cheng and Sybesma (1998) argued Mandarin as a classifier language encodes(More)
Previous studies showed that children learning a language with an obligatory singular/plural distinction (Russian and English) learn the meaning of the number word for one earlier than children learning Japanese, a language without obligatory number morphology (Barner, Libenson, Cheung, & Takasaki, 2009; Sarnecka, Kamenskaya, Yamana, Ogura, & Yudovina,(More)
Whether tone language experience facilitates non-native tone perception is an area of research that previously yielded conflicting results, potentially because of the lack of systematical control of speaker normalization effects across studies. Under a high-variability testing condition with controlled speaker normalization cues, Cantonese (native(More)
The current study examined the age of learning effect on second language (L2) acquisition. The research goals of the study were twofold: to test whether there is an independent age effect controlling for other potentially confounding variables, and to clarify the age effect across L2 grammar and speech production domains. The study included 118(More)
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