[MUD-Dev] DGN: Reasons for play [was: EmergentBehaviorsspawnedfrom...]
amanda at alfar.com
Fri Oct 14 03:34:53 New Zealand Daylight Time 2005
On Oct 12, 2005, at 4:19 PM, Sean Kelly wrote:
> Probably a little of both, though I would be curious to find out
> if you can accurately pronounce phonemes that don't exist in your
> native language.
Yep, no problem. Give me a native speaker to listen to, and a few
distinctive pairs, and I have no trouble learning new phonetics.
> I have a fairly good ear as well, but I've never gone so far with
> a foreign language (Mandarin, for example) to know whether I can
> distinguish tonal subtleties that don't exist in English.
Interestingly, I *don't* pick up tone distinctions very well--and I
wasn't exposed to them as a child. Yet I have a very good ear for
musical intonation. More anecdotal evidence, I suppose.
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