Identification of synthesized Mandarin tones by Northern Vietnamese speakers

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Bin LI
  • Lan Shuai
  • Thi Thu Ha Pham

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3273-3273
Journal / PublicationJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume131
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2012

Abstract

Tones in Northern Vietnamese are distinguished by pitch variations and phonation types, but falling pitch slopes are not considered as a major cue that its speakers rely on in tonal contrast. This may contribute to difficulties that native speakers of Northern Vietnamese are faced with when learning Mandarin tones, especially the distinction between the level (T1) and the falling (T4) tones. To examine how Northern Vietnamese speakers perceive the distinction between T1 and T4 in Mandarin and how well they adapt phonetic cues underlying the non-native distinction, an ABX identification experiment is carried out on perception of synthesized pitches with two inter-stimuli-intervals (ISI) at 500ms and 1500ms. Results suggest a combined effect of pitch slopes and pitch heights, the former of which claims more robust influence on tone perception. However, a reversed pattern is found when the ISI equals 500ms, where pitch heights exert a stronger effect on tone identification than pitch slopes.

Research Area(s)

  • Mandarin tone, Vietnamese tone, pitch, fundamental frequency, phonetic dimension

Citation Format(s)

Identification of synthesized Mandarin tones by Northern Vietnamese speakers. / LI, Bin; Shuai, Lan; Pham, Thi Thu Ha.

In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 131, No. 4, 13.05.2012, p. 3273-3273.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal