English Rhythmic Structure and Tone-Units Perception by the Speakers of Chinese

Victoria Zavyalova and Marina Polyanskaya, Institute of Foreign Languages , Far Eastern National University

The present paper deals with the peculiarities of English rhythmic structure and tone-units perception by the speakers of Chinese. The prognosis is made that it is bound to be problematic for the China English speakers to identify the analogous rhythmic structures in the phrases of different syntactic organization. Consequently, misperception of English rhythmic structures may lead to further resegmentation within the English phrase of a complex syntactic structure. The experiment has been conducted to prove this prognosis. (This research was conducted within the framework of Federal Special-Purpose Program “Academic and Teaching Cadres of Innovative Russia” 2009-2013, Federal Agency of Education, RF Ministry of Education (GK-P733))