Cross-linguistic perception of Chinese attitudes praising and blaming

Ping Tang, Lei Liu, Shanpeng Li, Wentao Gu

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Abstract

This study compared the perceptions of Chinese sentences conveying the attitudinal contrast of praising and blaming by five groups of subjects (Chinese natives, Japanese L2 learners of Mandarin, French L2 learners of Mandarin, Japanese and French subjects without any Mandarin ability). Context-elicited target sentences conveying praising, blaming or neutral attitude were used as stimuli in the listening experiment. The subjects were asked to give their evaluations of the stimuli based on a five-point scale (obviously praiseful, somewhat praiseful, neutral, somewhat critical and obviously critical). The subjects' evaluations were recorded and analyzed. The results of the listening experiment shown that (a) Chinese subjects performed best among all subjects in the listening experiment, and L2 learners performed better than naíve subjects without any Chinese ability; also, (b) French subjects tended to under-evaluated the attitude of praising compared to Chinese and Japanese subjects. The correlations between the subjects' evaluations and certain acoustic parameters which were demonstrated to be important in regard to conveying affects were examined, by which the subjects' discrepancies in perceiving these attitudes were further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 18th Oriental COCOSDA / CASLRE proceedings
Subtitle of host publication2015 International Conference Oriental COCOSDA held jointly with 2015 Conference on Asian Spoken Language Research and Evaluation (O-COCOSDA/CASLRE)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages113-117
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781467382793, 9781467382786
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Annual International Conference Oriental COCOSDA, O-COCOSDA 2015 - Held jointly with 2015 Conference on Asian Spoken Language Research and Evaluation, CASLRE 2015 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 28 Oct 201530 Oct 2015

Other

Other18th Annual International Conference Oriental COCOSDA, O-COCOSDA 2015 - Held jointly with 2015 Conference on Asian Spoken Language Research and Evaluation, CASLRE 2015
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period28/10/1530/10/15

Keywords

  • Cross-linguistic perception
  • praising attitude
  • blaming attitude
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • French
  • L2 learners

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