Lexical representation of Mandarin tones by non-tonal second-language learners

Jeong Im Han*, Kimiko Tsukada

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    Abstract

    The present study examined whether second language (L2) learners can lexically encode the tonal contrasts that do not occur in their native language. Advanced Korean learners of Mandarin performed a lexical decision task with medium-term repetition priming. The repeated words were either identical or interchanged with confusable tones. The results showed that advanced L2 learners behaved similarly to the native listeners in processing of L2 tones in favor of the correct lexical items, but still showed differences from native listeners, suggesting that L2 learners may have difficulty in utilizing the L2 sounds for word recognition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)EL46-EL50
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
    Volume148
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

    Bibliographical note

    Copyright 2020 Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The following article appeared in Han, J. I., & Tsukada, K. (2020). Lexical representation of Mandarin tones by non-tonal second-language learners. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 148(1), EL46-EL50, and may be found at https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0001586.

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