Applications of Pitch Pattern in Chinese Tone Learning System
Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language and it is a big barrier for foreign learners in the understanding of the features of the tones when studying Chinese. In order to give them a more direct understanding of the Chinese tones, this paper presents a visualized pitch pattern of the tones and gives effective guidance derived from the analysis of tone discrimination error corpus. The system is mainly designed for elementary level students. Precise acoustic data of the Chinese tones have been utilized for designing the system. Characteristics of the errors found in the examination have been analyzed, and these characteristics have been carefully considered while constructing the system.
KeywordsPitch pattern Tone discrimination Speech analysis Learning system Learner corpus
This work is supported by “the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities”. We greatly appreciate the aid of Professor Shizuo Hiki, Mrs. Qi Sun, Professor Kazuko Sunaoka and Professor Yoshiyori Urano.
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