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By Bei Yang

Tones are the main demanding point of studying chinese language as a moment language, and L2 beginners’ perceptual different types range in very important and interesting methods from these of local audio system. This booklet explores the connection among tone belief and construction between local audio system and non-native freshmen as illustrated within the experiments the writer performed with local audio system, actual newbies and historical past newbies, all of whom have been established on their skill to supply tones evidently and to understand eighty one synthesized tones in a variety of contexts. The experiments exhibit that every team techniques tones another way with reference to either check in (tonal point) and contour (tonal shape). the implications additionally display how 3 kinds of cues – acoustic, mental and contextual – effect non-native audio system’ tone belief and production.

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