An inductive learning bias toward phonetically driven tonal phonotactics

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Description: This study adopted two artificial language learning experiments to investigate an inductive learning bias toward a phonetically natural tonal phonotactics that prohibits a non-domain-final rising tone. The study has been accepted by and thus to appear in the journal Language Acquisition.

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Background Rising tones are more restricted both typologically and contextually (Maddieson, 1978). In CVO and CVVO syllables (O = obstruents), if rising tones are allowed, falling and level tones are also allowed (Zhang, 2002). Rising tones have a delayed f0 peak, which thus take more time to be fully realized (Xu, 1998). Phonetically shorter contexts, such as CVO and CVVO, make the full r...

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