Foreign-accent in second language Mandarin Chinese

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This chapter discusses second language pronunciation of Mandarin from the perspective of the native Mandarin speakers who listen to it. For such listeners, second language Mandarin often bears a noticeable foreign accent. I will provide a framework for defining foreign accent and for distinguishing accented pronunciation from pronunciation errors. I will then review the results of research related to foreign-accented Mandarin and how it affects listeners’ judgments, comprehension, and the efficiency with which they process second language Mandarin speech. Naturally, lexical tones will receive special attention in this discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe acquisition of Chinese as a second language pronunciation
Subtitle of host publicationSegments and prosody
EditorsChunsheng Yang
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-3809-4
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-3808-7
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProsody, Phonology and Phonetics
ISSN (Print)2197-8700
ISSN (Electronic)2197-8719


  • Mandarin
  • Second language pronunciation
  • Foreign accent
  • Pronunciation error
  • Tones


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