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LINGUIST List 18.1534

Sun May 20 2007

Qs: Tone Acquisition in 2nd Lg Learners of Mandarin?

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        1.    Mate Kapovic, Tone Acquisition in 2nd Lg Learners of Mandarin?


Message 1: Tone Acquisition in 2nd Lg Learners of Mandarin?
Date: 19-May-2007
From: Mate Kapovic <mate.kapovic2gmail.com>
Subject: Tone Acquisition in 2nd Lg Learners of Mandarin?


Dear list members,

my question concerns tone acquisiton of Standard Mandarin Chinese by
Chinese who learn it as a second language (i.e. who are not native speakers
of Standard Mandarin). It is well known that the Chinese tone system is
rather complex and that it is often an important distinctive feature.
Foreigners often have many problems learning to pronounce correctly
Mandarin tones. Is that also true of Chinese learners of Standard Mandarin?
(It must be noted that even other Mandarin dialects have very different
tone systems than Beijing Mandarin dialect.) If so - what are the
consequences? Do some Chinese speak putonghua without pronouncing the
correct tones or do they use their own native tones in Standard Mandarin?
Do Chinese people have many problems in learning Standard Chinese because
of this?

I would be very thankful for all the replies or comments concerning this
topic. Please send them to the e-mail: mkapovicffzg.hr

Thank You in advance,

Mate Kapovic
University of Zagreb
Croatia

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics



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