Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

A Comparison Study on F0 Distribution of Tone 2 and Tone 3 in Mandarin Disyllables by Native Speakers and Japanese Learners

Ting Zou (1), Jinsong Zhang (1,2), Wen Cao (1)

(1) Center for Studies of Chinese as a Second Language; (2) College of Information Science
Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China

In the process of Mandarin learning, Japanese students always have problems when distinguishing Tone 2 and Tone 3, especially in connected speech. So, in this paper, we investigate the production of these two tones in disyllable words on the basis of tone-dependent F0 distribution, trying to show the characteristics of native speakers and the systematic error pattern of Japanese. Getting the error pattern of a specific learner group is of great importance in improving teaching method of Mandarin disyllables, and developing computer assisted mandarin pronunciation technology.

Index Terms: Mandarin disyllables, tone production, Japanese learners, F0 distribution, tonal range

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Bibliographic reference.  Zou, Ting / Zhang, Jinsong / Cao, Wen (2012): "A comparison study on F0 distribution of tone 2 and tone 3 in Mandarin disyllables by native speakers and Japanese learners", In SP-2012, 226-229.