Xiaohu Yang

Xiaohu Yang
Tongji University · School of Foreign Languages

PhD

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Purpose The purpose of this study was to measure Mandarin Chinese vowel-plus-tone identification in quiet and noise for younger and older listeners. Method Two types of noise served as the masker, namely, six-talker babble and babble-modulated noise, at two signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) of −4 and −8 dB. Fourteen listeners from both age groups were...
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Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the aging effects on the categorical perception (CP) of Mandarin lexical Tones 1–4 and Tones 1–2 in noise. It also investigated whether listeners' categorical tone perception in noise correlated with their general tone identification of 20 natural vowel-plus-tone signals in noise. Method Twelve youn...
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Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine (a) the psychometric functions of Mandarin speech-on-speech masking with a comparison to the psychometric properties of the English version and (b) the feasibility of using the method of adaptive tracking (MAT) to measure Mandarin speech recognition thresholds in different masker conditions using a C...
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The current study aimed at investigating the aging effect on the categorical perception of Mandarin lexical tones with varied fundamental frequency (F0) contours in noise. Mandarin tone identification and tone discrimination in quiet and noise were measured for younger and older listeners in a categorical perception paradigm where the stimuli conti...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the aging effect on the categorical perception of Mandarin Chinese tones with varied fundamental frequency (F0) contours and signal duration. Method: Both younger and older native Chinese listeners with normal hearing were recruited in 2 experiments: tone identification and tone discriminatio...
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This study was intended to determine whether the effects of noise on English listening comprehension would vary among Chinese college students with different learning styles. A total of 89 participants with different learning styles measured using Kolb’s (1985) Learning Style Inventory finished English listening comprehension tests in quiet and in...
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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to examine the aging effect on the categorical perception of Mandarin Chinese Tone 2 (rising F0 pitch contour) and Tone 3 (falling-then-rising F0 pitch contour) as well as on the thresholds of pitch contour discrimination. Method: Three experiments of Mandarin tone perception were conducted for younger and o...
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The primary purpose of the study was to investigate the aging effect on categorical perception of Mandarin Chinese tone 1 (level F0 pitch contour) and tone 2 (rising F0 pitch contour), as well as tone 1 and tone 4 (falling F0 pitch contour). Using level/rising and level/falling fundamental frequency continuum, both tone identification and discrimin...
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Speech in tone languages requires listeners to identify not only phonemes but also tones. As non-tone language users, Korean-native speakers may have difficulty in identifying tones and vowels and processing both tonal and phonemic information at the same time, which are not presented in their mother tongue. The goal of the present study was to inv...
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Mandarin Chinese speech sounds (vowels × tones) were presented to younger and older Chinese-native speakers with normal hearing. For the identification of vowel-plus-tone, vowel-only, and tone-only, younger listeners significantly outperformed older listeners. The tone 3 identification scores correlated significantly with the age of older listeners...
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This study examined whether learning styles, along with age of starting English learning and length of English learning, are related to perceptual patterns for English /i/–/ɪ/ among Chinese college students who learn English as a foreign language. A total of 83 Chinese college students with different learning styles as measured by Kolb's Learning S...
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By way of a quantitative study of the patterns of thematic progression of the argumentative essay ‘Of Studies’ and its 11 Chinese translations, we attempt to demonstrate the degree of relevance of these patterns to translation studies. Our study reveals that these patterns and their shifts in translation display certain regularity in their frequenc...

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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.