Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Effects of F0 Feedback on the Learning of Chinese Tones by Native Speakers of English

Felicia Zhang, Michael Wagner

University of Canberra, Australia

This paper reports on the effects of an interactive software tool on the learning of Chinese tones by English-L1 learners of Chinese. The software enables students to listen to model utterances by native speakers of Chinese and to record their own renditions of those utterances. Simultaneously the F0 contours of both the model utterances and the student utterances are displayed on the computer screen. The effect of the interactive software on the L2 tone production performance by a group of students is compared with that of a control group. The students who could make use of the software show a better approximation of native speakers in F0 mean and range.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zhang, Felicia / Wagner, Michael (2005): "Effects of F0 feedback on the learning of Chinese tones by native speakers of English", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 181-184.