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(Non-)categorical perception of Mandarin tones: a comparison between speakers of tone and non-tone languages

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dc.contributor.author Wu, Xianghua
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-21T16:50:29Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-21T16:50:29Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-01-21T16:50:29Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2088
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the factors that affect categorical perception of Mandarin tones by English, Thai and Mandarin speakers. A pre-study and a main study were conducted. The pre-study was carried out to investigate the correspondence between Mandarin and Thai tones. The main study compared the categorization of two Mandarin tone contrasts, one between the high level tone (T1) and falling tone (T4), and the other between the rising tone (T2) and falling-rising tone (T3). The results suggest that linguistic experience, natural auditory sensitivity and perceptual training all affect Mandarin tone categorization. among which, the effect of linguistic experience is most noticeable. This study also demonstrates that Best et al.'s (1988, 1994, 1995) Perceptual Assimilation Model (PAM) is useful in characterizing not only segmental assimilation patterns, as illustrated in many previous studies, but also suprasegmental categorization patterns. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Mandarin dialects en
dc.subject Chinese language en
dc.subject tone en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Language::Linguistics en
dc.title (Non-)categorical perception of Mandarin tones: a comparison between speakers of tone and non-tone languages en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Lin, Hua
dc.degree.department Dept. of Linguistics en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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