Acquisition of Tone, L2
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Chinese languages use tones to distinguish word meaning. Tones are acoustically manifested by changes primarily in fundamental frequency (F0, perceived as pitch) as well as amplitude and duration. Native Chinese speakers process these acoustic correlates as linguistic entities in their perception and production of tonal categories. For learners whose nativ…

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Yue WANG, Allard JONGMAN and Joan A. SERENO, “Acquisition of Tone, L2”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 25 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000118>
First published online: 2015



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