"Listening Acquisition: Chinese Tones from Perception to Practice"

A Language Matters Presentation by Elsa Chang

Wed, April 13, 2011 | Lone Star Room, UNB 3.208

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As part of the Language Matters Series, Elsa Chang, Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies, presents: "Listening Acquisition: Chinese Tones from Perception to Practice."

Tone is the use of pitch in language to distinguish lexical or grammatical meaning. All verbal languages use pitch changes--intonation--to express emotional and other paralinguistic information, and to convey emphasis, contrast, and other such features, but not all languages use tones to distinguish words or their inflections. It is usually very difficult for speakers of non-tonal languages to hear the difference between tones, but in Chinese, the most widely-spoken tonal language, many words are differentiated solely by tone. This presentation will address the important role tones play in spoken Chinese and present ideas as to how to help students acquire tones in and outside of a language classroom.

April 13, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Lone Star Room, UNB 3.208

Soundwave of Four Chinese Tones






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Materials and video from this talk will be available on the Texas Language Center website.

To request a sign language interpreter for this or any event sponsored by the Texas Language Center, please e-mail Chelsea Sanchez at ck.sanchez@mail.utexas.edu.

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