My name is Yueqiao Han, and I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication and Cognition. I am an experimental linguist who works on promoting efficient second/foreign language learning. To be more specific, I look into the contribution of visual information to Mandarin Chinese tone perception for tone-naive listeners. Relevant factors, such as (the effect of) visual cues ( auditory-only vs. auditory-visual presentation), speaking styles of the speaker (natural vs. teaching speaking style) and musicality of the listeners (musicians vs. non-musicians) are investigated in a task of Mandarin Chinese tone identification. Acoustic and visual analyses (with Praat and CERT respectively) are also included in my research, which provides valuable insights into the tone classification and perceptual prediction.
Tone language learning; non-verbal communication; experimental linguistics