Learning mandarin tones at sentence level through training: A pilot study
Keywords:Correlation methods, Chinese, Control subjects, Linguistic units, Mandarin speakers, Mean lengths, Pearson correlations, Pilot studies, Post tests, Public universities, Sentence levels, Training sessions
AbstractThe effect of training for learning Mandarin tones on larger linguistic unit beyond the isolated tones was investigated. the participants were seven trainees and 5 control subjects. All were beginning level Mandarin learners enrolled in a second semester Chinese course in a US public university. the stimuli used for pre- and post test were three sentences. Two of the sentences were statements and one was a simple question. The mean length of the sentence was 11 characters. The training stimuli consisted 15 sentences and 48 phrases produced by four native Mandarin speakers. Individual training sessions were performed on a PC using Kay Elemetrics Sona Speech II Software. The training stimuli were blocked by speaker producing four training blocks of which consisted of 15 sentences and 48 phrases. Pearson correlation tests revealed that inter-sentence correlations ranged from 0.411 to 0.686.
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