Analysis of monosyllabic tones in Mandarin Chinese produced by Polish students

Agnieszka Jóźwik, Feng Shi


This study provides a phonetic analysis of monosyllabic tones in Mandarin Chinese produced by native Polish speakers with a background in Mandarin as a foreign language. Tonal patterns of Polish students were compared and contrasted with corresponding native-produced tones. Standard Chinese is a tonal language with 4 tones described as high, rising, low (falling-rising or dipping) and falling. Previous studies suggest, that native speakers of non-tonal languages find difficulty in tone perception and production. It was suggested that T2 and T3 are particularly problematic for language learners. The results of this study support to a certain extent previous findings concerning T2 and T3 production in Polish speakers, as well as raise points regarding T1 and T4.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-193

Cite as: Jóźwik, A., Shi, F. (2018) Analysis of monosyllabic tones in Mandarin Chinese produced by Polish students. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 957-960, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-193.


@inproceedings{Jóźwik2018,
  author={Agnieszka Jóźwik and Feng Shi},
  title={Analysis of monosyllabic tones in Mandarin Chinese produced by Polish students},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={957--960},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-193},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-193}
}