Context effects on second-language learning of tonal contrasts.

  title={Context effects on second-language learning of tonal contrasts.},
  author={Charles B. Chang and Anita R. Bowles},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={138 6},
Studies of lexical tone  learning generally focus on monosyllabic contexts, while reports of phonetic learning benefits associated with input variability are based largely on experienced learners. This study trained inexperienced learners on Mandarin tonal contrasts to test two hypotheses regarding the influence of context and variability on tone  learning. The first hypothesis was that increased phonetic variability of tones in disyllabic contexts makes initial tone  learning more challenging… CONTINUE READING
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