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J Acoust Soc Am. 2013 Aug;134(2):EL133-9. doi: 10.1121/1.4812435.

Effects of tone training on Cantonese tone-word learning.

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Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6, Canada. akcooper@u.northwestern.edu

Abstract

The present study examined the effect of improving lexical tone identification abilities on Cantonese tone-word learning. Native English non-musicians received training on Cantonese tones before learning the meanings of words distinguished by these tones. Their results were compared to English non-musicians and musicians who received no tone training. The tone-trainees obtained a similar level of word identification proficiency as musicians by the end of training and were significantly better than non-tone trained non-musicians. These results lend support for phonetic-phonological-lexical continuity in learning because enhancing listeners' perception of lower-level tonal information significantly contributed to success in a higher-level linguistic task.

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10.1121/1.4812435
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