The study reported is based on an assessment of three decades of research on the SLA of Mandarin tone. It investigates whether differences in learners’ tone perception and production are related to differences in the effects of certain linguistic, task, and learner factors. The learners of focus are American students of Mandarin in Beijing, China. Their performances on two perception and three production tasks are analyzed through a host of variables and methods of quantification.
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