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Mandarin Tone Discrimination by Native English Speakers

Hua LINYu CHEN

  Using an AX discrimination task,this paper tested the perception of Mandarin tone pairs by native English speakers on accuracy rate and response time.Among the ten tone pairs tested, Tone2-Tone3,Tone1-Tone 4 and Tone 2-Tone 4 pairs are the hardest,and Tone1-Tone1,Tone3- Tone3 and Tone1-Tone3 the easiest,while the rest of the tone pairs fall in between.As well, female subjects performed significantly better than male subjects,while such segmental factors as onset,nucleus and coda had no influence on the perception of Mandarin tones.……