Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

English Rhythmic Structure and Tone-Units Perception by the Speakers of Chinese

Victoria Zavyalova, Marina Polyanskaya

Institute of Foreign Languages (Chair of English Phonetics), Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russia

The present paper deals with the peculiarities of English rhythmic structure and tone-units perception by the speakers of Chinese. The prognosis is made that it is bound to be problematic for the China English speakers to identify the analogous rhythmic structures in the phrases of different syntactic organization. Consequently, misperception of English rhythmic structures may lead to further resegmentation within the English phrase of a complex syntactic structure. The experiment has been conducted to prove this prognosis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zavyalova, Victoria / Polyanskaya, Marina (2010): "English rhythmic structure and tone-units perception by the speakers of Chinese", In SP-2010, paper 055.