Analysis of L2 learners' progress of distinguishing Mandarin tone 2 and tone 3

Yue Sun, Win Thuzar Kyaw, Jinsong Zhang, Yoshinori Sagisaka

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    Abstract

    Many studies have shown the effectiveness of perceptual training to improve L2 learners' ability to distinguish Mandarin tones. In this paper, we quantified learners' perceptual characteristics on discriminating the most difficult tone pair, Tone 2 and 3 in Mandarin before and after training. L2 learners' categorical perception is measured by fitting a sigmoid curve to the identification responses with average F0 height as the acoustic dimension. The boundary location of the two tones in L2 learners' perception space is significantly improved to a higher F0 height after training. Regression analysis indicated that δF0 and δt of the initial fall of the concave F0 shape are the key acoustic features for native speakers in discrimination. L2 learners rely on not only the initial fall but also the δF0 of the final rise to discriminate the tones. A detailed analysis using cognitive measurements reports an increasing attention on the initial fall of the F0 contour for L2 learners after perceptual training. These results confirmed that directing the attention to key acoustic features is essential for L2 learners to improve their categorical perception of novel speech contrasts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2549-2553
    Number of pages5
    JournalProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
    Volume2018-September
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1
    Event19th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication, INTERSPEECH 2018 - Hyderabad, India
    Duration: 2018 Sep 22018 Sep 6

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    Speech

    Keywords

    • Japanese L2 learners
    • Key acoustic feature
    • Mandarin tone
    • Perceptual training

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Signal Processing
    • Software
    • Modelling and Simulation

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    Analysis of L2 learners' progress of distinguishing Mandarin tone 2 and tone 3. / Sun, Yue; Kyaw, Win Thuzar; Zhang, Jinsong; Sagisaka, Yoshinori.

    In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, Vol. 2018-September, 01.01.2018, p. 2549-2553.

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