ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2011)
This paper reports on the continued activities to develop a
computer-aided phonetic learning system for German learners
of Mandarin. In the current study we used a corpus which
consists of disyllables and sentences that were produced by
first-year German students and native speakers of Mandarin.
Half of the German group had attended an additional phonetic
seminar. The first experiment was a tone identification test of
Mandarin disyllables and production test thereof, followed by
a sentence production experiment in which the subjects
produced Chinese sentences in both reading and speaking
mode. Prosodic features (rhythmic and intonational) of
Mandarin tones between German learners and Chinese native
speakers were compared. The results based on the annotations
of an expert and analysis of prosodic features of Mandarin
tones show that German learners who attended the weekly
seminar were able to pronounce the tones better than those
who did not attend the weekly seminar.
Index Terms. Computer-Aided Language Learning (CALL), Mandarin tones, prosodic analysis
Bibliographic reference. Hussein, Hussein / Do, Hue San / Mixdorff, Hansjörg / Ding, Hongwei / Gao, Qianyong / Hue, Guoping / Wei, Si / Chao, Zhao (2011): "Mandarin tone perception and production by German learners", In SLaTE-2011, 149-152.