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Observing pitch gestures favors the learning of Spanish intonation by Mandarin speakers

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dc.contributor.author Prieto Vives, Pilar, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Yuan, Chenjie
dc.contributor.author González Fuente, Santiago
dc.contributor.author Baills, Florence
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-24T08:38:10Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-24T08:38:10Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Yuan C; González-Fuente S; Baills F; Prieto P. Observing pitch gestures favors the learning of Spanish intonation by Mandarin speakers. Stud Second Lang Acquis. 2018 Jan 2:[28] p. DOI: 10.1017/S0272263117000316
dc.identifier.issn 0272-2631
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/33741
dc.description Data de publicació electrónica: 02-01-2018
dc.description.abstract Recent studies on the learning of L2 prosody have suggested that pitch gestures can enhance the learning of the L2 lexical tones. Yet it remains unclear whether the use of these gestures can aid the learning of L2 intonation, especially by tonal-language speakers. Sixty-four Mandarin speakers with basic-level Spanish were asked to learn three Spanish intonation patterns, all involving a low tone on the nuclear accent. In a pre-post test experimental design, half of the participants received intonation training without the use of pitch gestures (the control group) while the other half received the same training but with pitch gestures representing nuclear intonation contours (the experimental group). Musical (melody, pitch) abilities were also measured. The results revealed that (a) the experimental group significantly improved intonational production outcomes, and (b) even though participants with stronger musical abilities performed better, those with weaker musical abilities benefited more from observing pitch gestures.
dc.description.sponsorship This research has been funded by two research grants awarded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (FFI2015-66533-P) and the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014 SGR-925), both to the Prosodic Studies Group. The second author also acknowledges a FPU 2012-05893 grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press - Core
dc.relation.ispartof Stud Second Lang Acquis. 2018 Jan 2:[28] p. DOI: 10.1017/S0272263117000316
dc.rights © Cambridge University Press 2017
dc.title Observing pitch gestures favors the learning of Spanish intonation by Mandarin speakers
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.subject.keyword Intonation learning
dc.subject.keyword Pitch accent
dc.subject.keyword Pitch gesture
dc.subject.keyword Embodied cognition
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/FFI2015-66533-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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