Perception of L2 Mandarin tones by L1Swedish learners at three proficiency levels

  title={Perception of L2 Mandarin tones by L1Swedish learners at three proficiency levels},
  author={Yasuko Nagano-Madsen and Xinzheng Wan},
Cross-linguistic studies on the perception of Mandarin tones are many. However, how speakers of lexical pitch accent language such as Swedish perceive Mandarin tones is still a widely open question. In this study, the perception of Mandarin tones in monoand di-syllabic words by Swedish learners of Chinese at three proficiency levels was examined systematically. Results showed that the major difficulties in tonal perception disappear by the time of intermediate level (18 months) except for the… 
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  • Proceedings Fonetik 2000, pp.97-100, 2000.
  • 2000