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Academic Paper

Title: Going beyond F0: The acquisition of Mandarin tones
Author: Nari Rhee
Author: Aoju Chen
Author: Jianjing Kuang
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: Using a semi-spontaneous speech corpus, we present evidence from computational modelling of tonal productions from Mandarin-speaking children (4- to 11-years old) and adults, showing that children exceed the adult-level tonal distinction at the age of 7 to 8 years using F0 cues, but do not reach the high adult-level distinction using spectral cues even at the age of 10 to 11 years. The difference in the developmental curves of F0 and spectral cues suggests that, in Mandarin tone production, secondary cues continue to develop even after the mastery of primary cues.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 48, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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