Research Program Speech and Language
Cognitive Factors in Perception and Imitation of Thai Tones by Mandarin versus Vietnamese Speakers.
My project aims to reveal difficulties and their causes in non-native lexical tone (target language: Thai) perception and production by naïve listeners of other tone languages, specially, Mandarin and Vietnamese, under different cognitive loads. It attempts to attribute variation in online non-native tone perception and production to an interplay of L1 linguistic experience and cognitive load. Two aspects of cognitive load, namely memory load and attention control will be systematically manipulated in perception and production tasks. Correspondingly, this research project contains three experiments: a perceptual assimilation experiment; a discrimination experiment; and an imitation experiment.
- 2009 B.A. English Studies - Nantong University, Jiangsu, China
- 2014 M.A. Applied Linguistics - Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China