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Title: The relationship between the perception and production of non-native tones
Authors: Zhang, K 
Peng, G 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, 2017, 20-24 Aug 2017, p. 1799-1803
Abstract: To further investigate the relationship between non-native tone perception and production, the present study trained Mandarin speakers to learn Cantonese lexical tones with a speech shadowing paradigm. After two weeks' training, both Mandarin speakers' Cantonese tone perception and their production had improved significantly. The overall performances in Cantonese tone perception and production are moderately correlated, but the degree of performance change after training among the two modalities shows no correlation, suggesting that non-native tone perception and production might be partially correlated, but that the improvement of the two modalities is not synchronous. A comparison between the present study and previous studies on non-native tone learning indicates that experience in lexical tone processing might be important in forming the correlation between tone perception and production. Mandarin speakers showed greater improvement in Cantonese tone perception than in production after training, indicating that second language (L2) perception might precede production. Besides, both the first language (L1) and L2 tonal systems showed an influence on Mandarin speakers' learning of Cantonese tones.
Keywords: Lexical tones
Publisher: International Speech Communication Association
ISSN: 2308457X
DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-714
Rights: Copyright © 2017 ISCA
The following publication Zhang, K., Peng, G. (2017) The Relationship Between the Perception and Production of Non-Native Tones. Proc. Interspeech 2017, 1799-1803 is published in ISCA Archive and is available at
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