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Pitch processing and learning ability of the tone language Chinese: A correlational study of music and language
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Music Education.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As evidence of intimate music-language relations grow, a certain connection between the use of tone language and the ability of absolute pitch has been found. Genesis of absolute pitch has long been a controversial topic among scientists. While interest of learning the tone language Chinese increases, it is, from a pedagogical perspective, relevant and engaging to specifically study this connection.

The purpose of this essay is to study a small group of young beginners in Chinese at close quarters. By implementing a pitch-based hearing test, their pronunciation skills in Chinese were compared with sense of pitch shown in the test. The findings point to complex interactions between several factors, and show for instance a significant importance of musical training and learning motivation.

Abstract [sv]

Samtidigt som vetenskapliga bevis för en intim relation mellan musik och språk växer, har ett visst samband mellan användning av tonspråk och absolut gehör också upptäckts. Uppkomsten av absolut gehör har länge varit ett kontroversiellt forskningsämne. När intresset att lära sig tonspråket kinesiska ökar globalt, är det ur ett pedagogiskt perspektiv motiverat att studera just detta samband.

Syftet med föreliggande uppsats är att på nära håll studera en liten grupp elever i nybörjarkinesiska. Genom ett gehörstest, baserat på förmågan att uppfatta tonhöjder, har dessa testresultat jämförts med de tidigare observerade uttalsförmågor hos eleverna. Studien pekar på komplexa interaktioner mellan många faktorer, och visar till exempel musikträning och studiemotivation som avgörande faktorer.

Abstract [zh]

提要:随着越来越多的研究证明音乐与语言之间的密切关系,也有证据显示声调语言的使用与绝对音高感之间有着一定的互动关系。绝对音高感的成因一直是一个科学上有争议的话题,如今,学习声调语言普通话的兴趣已是国际性,从教学的角度来看,这两者之间的互动关系是个值得研究的话题。

此研究对一小群中文初学者做了近距离的观察,并对她们进行了音高感的听力测试。通过比较测试数据和她们已表现的中文发音能力及敏感性,本文发现了多种因素之间的复杂关系,比如音乐培训以及学习积极性的关键性。

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
absolute pitch, relative pitch, language, pitch processing, tone language, mother tongue, linguistics
Keyword [zh]
绝对音高,声调语言,母语,语言学
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Music Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-1650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-1650DiVA: diva2:722349
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Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-07 Last updated: 2014-06-11Bibliographically approved

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