Perception of tones by infants learning a non-tone language

  title={Perception of tones by infants learning a non-tone language},
  author={Liquan Liu and Ren{\'e} Kager},
This article examines the perception of tones by non-tone-language-learning (non-tone-learning) infants between 5 and 18 months in a study that reveals infants' initial sensitivity to tonal contrasts, deterioration yet plasticity of tonal sensitivity at the end of the first year, and a perceptual rebound in the second year. Dutch infants in five age groups were tested on their ability to discriminate a tonal contrast of Mandarin Chinese as well as a contracted tonal contrast. Infants are able… CONTINUE READING

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