Bing Cheng

Bing Cheng
Xi'an Jiaotong University | XJTU · Department of English

PhD

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This study investigated the efficacy of a modified high variability phonetic training (HVPT) protocol in second language learning. The target Mandarin lexical tones in the training stimuli were acoustically exaggerated at four levels in terms of duration, pitch range, and pitch contour. Seven audiovisual perceptual training sessions were designed t...
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Purpose High-variability phonetic training (HVPT) has been found to be effective on adult second language (L2) learning, but results are mixed in regards to the benefit of multiple talkers over single talker. This study provides a systematic review with meta-analysis to investigate the talker variability effect in nonnative phonetic learning and th...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT The “Perceptual Magnet Effect” (PME) is characterized by perceptual warping in favor of stronger assimilation near the prototypical sound against other nonprotypical variants. This ERP study adopted a modified oddball paradigm to examine the PME predictions. The participants were 18 normal adults. The stimuli were computer...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT Our recent training study demonstrated that acoustic variability, independent of talker variability, promotes nonnative phonetic learning with an enhanced audiovisual adaptive protocol of high variability phonetic training (HVPT). In this follow-up study, we further investigated how cognitive factors may contribute to the...
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The current investigation adopted high variability phonetic training with additional audiovisual input and adaptive acoustic exaggeration to examine the role of talker variability. Sixty native Chinese-speaking adults were randomly assigned to a multiple-talker (MT) training group, a single-talker (ST) training group, and a control (CTRL) group wit...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT While native English speakers have been found to primarily use vowel spectrum on /i/-/ɪ/ perception, Chinese learners of English dominantly use vowel duration. This study examined training effects on cue reweighting in perceiving /i/-/ɪ/ by Chinese learners. We modified the canonical HVPT paradigm with introducing variabil...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT Previous research shows that sentential context plays an important role in lexical tone recognition when the fundamental frequency is degraded by noise or flattened. The present study aimed to test how language experience and sentence context would jointly influence the categorical perception of Mandarin tones. Thirty nati...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT This study examined developmental changes in categorical perception of Mandarin Chinese lexical tones by 22 adults and 16 10-year-olds, who were all native Mandarin Chinese speakers. The speech stimuli included three types of continuum, tone 1 (T1)/tone 2 (T2), tone 1/tone 4 (T4) and tone 2/tone 4. The experimental protoco...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT This study aims to examine effects of the disyllabic tonal context on native Chinese speakers' cue weighting for perceiving and producing target Mandarin Tone 2 and Tone 3 that share similar pitch contours. The speech materials were disyllabic Mandarin words, matched by word frequency and familiarity. Acoustic manipulation...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT This study tested the generalizability and efficacy of a modified high-variability phonetic training (HVPT) method with temporal exaggeration. The target sounds were the syllable-final /n/-/ŋ/ contrast in English, which was found to be difficult for adult Mandarin Chinese speakers. Our training software program featured sy...
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No PDF available ABSTRACT This study compared the perception of Mandarin Chinese lexical tones by 20 adult native Mandarin Chinese speakers and 17 Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) learners with different levels of Chinese proficiency. We were particularly interested in confirming the effects of language experience and further assessing how Chine...
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High variability phonetic training (HVPT) has been found to be effective in helping adult learners acquire nonnative phonetic contrasts. The present study investigated the role of temporal acoustic exaggeration by comparing the canonical HVPT paradigm without involving acoustic exaggeration with a modified adaptive HVPT paradigm that integrated key...
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Topological insulators have been predicted to exhibit a variety of interesting phenomena including a quantized magnetoelectric response and novel spintronics effects due to spin textures on their surfaces. However, experimental observation of these phenomena has proved difficult due to the finite bulk carrier density which may overwhelm the intrins...
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Behavioral studies have shown that ramped sounds are judged to be louder and longer than damped sounds. Here we employed magnetoencephalography (MEG) to examine cortical processing of the perceptual temporal asymmetry. The participants were 6 normal-hearing right-handed male adults. The synthesized stimuli included three kinds, pure tone, piano not...
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While learning a foreign or second language ( L2) ,adults tend to have tremendous difficulties in acquiring nativelike pronunciation. This paper aims to provide an analysis of the neurocognitive mechanisms that constrain adult phonetic learning and discuss how the Native Language Neural Commitment interferes with L2 speech perception and production...
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This magnetoencephalography (MEG) study investigated evoked ON and OFF responses to ramped and damped sounds in normal-hearing human adults. Two pairs of stimuli that differed in spectral complexity were used in a passive listening task; each pair contained identical acoustical properties except for the intensity envelope. Behavioral duration judgm...
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The present study investigated how syllable structure differences between the first Language (L1) and the second language (L2) affect L2 consonant perception and production at syllable-initial and syllable-final positions. The participants were Mandarin-speaking college students who studied English as a second language. Monosyllabic English words w...
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This study investigated neural plasticity associated with phonetic training using a software program developed after Zhang et al. [NeuroImage 46, 226-240 (2009)]. The target sounds were /i/ and /I/ in English, a non-phonemic contrast in Mandarin Chinese. The training program integrated four levels of spectro-temporal exaggerations, multi-talker var...
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The ability to detect auditory-visual correspondence in speech is an early hallmark of typical language development. Infants are able to detect audiovisual mismatches for spoken vowels such as /a/ and /i/ as early as 4 months of age. While adult event-related potential (ERP) data have shown an N300 associated with the detection of audiovisual incon...
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English as a second language (ESL) education has gained an increasingly important role in career development in science, business, and industry on the global stage. One great challenge for adult ESL learners is to reduce or eliminate “foreign accent” in their English pronunciation. Decades of behavioral and brain research have shown that language e...
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The survey was conducted on 96 engineering sophomores in a northwest university in Mainland China with the purpose to investigate their favorite communicative tasks, their perceptions on their task performance as well as their opinions on the teacher role in the classroom. Besides, the study also tries to explore the correlations between different...
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This study aims to examine the relationship between perception and production skills in second language learners. Thirty-nine Chinese college students who have received at least eight years of English-as-a-second-language (ESL) education in school participated in the study. The data were collected using two programs: HearSay from Communication Diso...

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This interdisciplinary international project is one of the University of Minnesota Grand Challenges theme grants on how to foster human potential and well-being across the life course in a diverse and changing world. It builds on existing collaborative grants funded by governmental agencies and industrial partners to address language learning in typical and atypical populations. Three typologically representative languages, English (non-tonal language), Mandarin Chinese (tonal language), and Japanese (pitch accent language) are covered. A distinctive feature of the proposal is the international cross-linguistic collaboration including research institutions in the US, China, Canada and Japan. Our strategic plan will involve multi-year efforts in fundamental research and training, including a student/scholarly exchange program at all academic levels. Match funding from a new partnership, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and its affiliated medical institutes has been pledged from Prof. Kaibao Hu, Dean of School of Foreign Languages at SJTU, and a new Speech-Language-Hearing Center at SJTU has been established with EEG and eye-tracking equipment and access to other research facilities including MRI/fMRI.