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Saturday, October 12 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(I4) Gao & Forrest: Mandarin full tone realization and perception of social personae

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Mandarin full tone realization and perception of social personae

Zhang (2005) identifies a trend of incorporating Taiwanese full tone realization among younger speakers, and it is favored by females over males.  The current study addresses whether listeners also perceive a social connection between full tone realization and the “cute” social persona. 12 initial participants were played sample sentences and asked to rate the likelihood of the sentence appearing in a given scenario, with two scenarios associated with a “cute” persona and two that were not.  Each participant was also asked to complete a 10-minute survey about perceptions.  Mixed-effects modeling shows a significantly higher rating for full tone tokens, regardless of scenario.  Qualitative data show that most of the subjects felt the full tone tokens sounded nonnative rather than relating to social personae. We interpret these results as indicating that the full tone variable, may not yet have a strong association with higher-level social personae in the minds of listeners.


Feier Gao

Indiana University Bloomington

Jon Forrest

University of Georgia

Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm PDT
EMU Ballroom