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dc.contributor.authorBowles, Anita R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChang, Charles B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKaruzis, Valerie P.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-13T19:08:54Z
dc.date.available2018-03-13T19:08:54Z
dc.date.issued2016-12
dc.identifier.citationAnita R Bowles, Charles B Chang, Valerie P Karuzis. 2016. "Pitch Ability as an Aptitude for Tone Learning." Language Learning, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp. 774 - 808.
dc.identifier.issn0023-8333
dc.identifier.issn1467-9922
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/27466
dc.description.abstractTone languages such as Mandarin use voice pitch to signal lexical contrasts, presenting a challenge for second/foreign language (L2) learners whose native languages do not use pitch in this manner. The present study examined components of an aptitude for mastering L2 lexical tone. Native English speakers with no previous tone language experience completed a Mandarin word learning task, as well as tests of pitch ability, musicality, L2 aptitude, and general cognitive ability. Pitch ability measures improved predictions of learning performance beyond musicality, L2 aptitude, and general cognitive ability and also predicted transfer of learning to new talkers. In sum, although certain nontonal measures help predict successful tone learning, the central components of tonal aptitude are pitch-specific perceptual measures.en_US
dc.format.extent774 - 808en_US
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage Learning
dc.subjectSocial sciencesen_US
dc.subjectEducation & educational researchen_US
dc.subjectLinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectSecond languageen_US
dc.subjectAptitudeen_US
dc.subjectTone learningen_US
dc.subjectPitch perceptionen_US
dc.subjectMandarin Chineseen_US
dc.subjectMusical experienceen_US
dc.subjectLanguage perceptionen_US
dc.subjectPsycholinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectSecond language learningen_US
dc.subjectTone (prosody)en_US
dc.subjectCurriculum and pedagogyen_US
dc.subjectLinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectLanguages & linguisticsen_US
dc.titlePitch ability as an aptitude for tone learningen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/lang.12159
pubs.elements-sourcemlaen_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: No embargoen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Romance Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-3537-2053 (Chang, Charles B)


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