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Building Tone Resources for Second Language Learners from Phonetic Documentation: Cherokee Examples

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Item Summary Hirata-Edds, Tracy Herrick, Dylan 2017-11-11T07:55:35Z 2017-11-11T07:55:35Z 2017-11
dc.identifier.citation Hirata-Edds, Tracy & Dylan Herrick. 2017. Building tone resources for second language learners from phonetic documentation: Cherokee examples. Language Documentation & Conservation 11: 289-304.
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.description.abstract Lexical tone is a linguistic feature which can present difficulties for second language learners wanting to revitalize their heritage language. This is true not only from the standpoint of understanding and pronunciation, but also because tone is often under-documented and resources are limited or too technical to be useful to community members. Even with these challenges, carefully attending to the intricacies of a language’s sound system allows learners to express themselves more “authentically” or “naturally,” which can be important for confidence and acceptance as language users. Learners can be trained to distinguish tones by attending to acoustic or auditory cues related to tone (e.g., pitch contour). This paper describes multimedia resources designed to focus learner attention on perceiving tone -- visual and audio accompaniments helping to increase the perception of tone in Cherokee, a severely endangered Native American language. We created resources for tone in the form of an electronic presentation containing explanations, example recordings, and intuitive images to provide audio and visual support for language learners. Presentation and format choices were collaboratively designed based on community requests, with an explicit attempt to de-jargonize materials and make them less technical and more accessible to community members.
dc.format.extent 16 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.subject Cherokee language
dc.subject language documentation
dc.subject second language learning
dc.subject tone
dc.title Building Tone Resources for Second Language Learners from Phonetic Documentation: Cherokee Examples
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.startingpage 289
prism.endingpage 304
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