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Dr Nan Xu Rattanasone

BAppHlthSc USyd, BA UWS, PhD UWS.

Nan Xu Rattanasone

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.525
Phone : +61 2 9850 9651
email : nan.xu@mq.edu.au
Homepage : http://www.ling.mq.edu.au/cll/team.html
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2916-8435

External Address

Department of Linguistics
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "When bilingualism meets biliteracy: the role of morphological knowledge in spoken language in learning to read." Wang, H.-C., Xu, N., Demuth, K., Hsieh, M., Forster, K., Li , L., & Castles, A. ($8,510)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2016) "Future proofing Macquarie’s Speech Perception Laboratory." Benders, T., Demuth, K., Cox, F., Sharma, M., Tsukuda, K., Proctor, M., Szakay, A., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Koring, L., Ma, W., & Kung, C. ($136,000)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2015) "Phonetics laboratory research facilities." Proctor, M., Cox, F., Demuth, K., Cupples, L., Harrison, E., Sharma, M., Mannell, R., Yuen, I., Xu, N., Schmidt, E., Kung, C., Nickels, L., Johnson, B., Palethorpe, S., Biedermann, B., Sowman, P., Kinoshita, S., & Tsukada, K. ($88,650)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant (2014) "Speech studio equipment." Cox, F., Proctor, M., Demuth, K., Crain, S., Xu, N., Slatyer, H., Kruger, J.-L., Mannell, R., Yuen, I., Palethorpe, S., McMahon, C., Barnes, S., Thornton, R., Cupples, L., & Sharma M. ($9,980)
  • Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme Grant (2014) "Articulograph for speech research." Proctor, M., Biedermann, B., Cox, F., Cupples, L., Demuth, K., Harrison, E., Johnson, B., Kinoshita, S., Lin, S., Mannell, R., Nickels, L., Palethorpe, S., Sharma, M., Sowman, P., Thompson, B., Tsukada, K., Yuen, I., & Xu, N. ($75,915)
  • Macquarie University Research Development Grants (2014 - 2015) "Towards a better understanding of early acquisition of English by Mandarin-speaking 3- and 4-year-olds." Xu, N. ($25,541)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grants [9201301063]. (2013) "Tobii eye-tracker and sound level meter for testing infants and young children." Demuth, K., Xu Rattanasone, N., Cox, F., Proctor, M., McMahon, C., & Sharma, M. ($77,661)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Research Grant Scheme. (2013) "Assessment of Mandarin tone pronunciation via native listener judgement before and after listening practice using the iPad." Tsukada, K., Xu, H.L., Xu Rattanasone, N., Argent, I., & Arthur, C. ($5,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Seeding Fund (2012) "Exploring children’s sensitivity to discourse/prosodic information." Demuth, K., Sharma, M., & Xu Rattanasone, N. ($10,000)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Krebs-Lazendic, L., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Auton, J. (2015). Communication and diagnostic cues. In M.W. Wiggins & T. Loveday (Eds.), Diagnostic Expertise in Organizational Environments (pp. 30-42). Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2014). Acquisition of linguistic tonal systems. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language Development (pp. 352-353). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Attina, V., Kasisopa, B., & Burnham, D. (2014). How to compare tones. In H. Winskel & P. Padakannaya (Eds.), South and Southeast Asian psycholinguistics (pp. 233-246). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Periodicals

  • Auton, J., Wiggins, M.W., Searle, B.J., & Xu Rattanasone, N. (2017). Utilization of prosodic and linguistic cues during perceptions of nonunderstandings in radio communication. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38(3), 509-539. doi:10.1017/S014271641600031X
  • Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2017). Two-year olds' sensitivity to plural morphology: Allomorphic effects. Language Learning and Development, 13(1), 38-53. doi:10.1080/15475441.2016.1219257
  • Naigles, L.R., Cheng, M., Xu Rattanasone, N., Tek, S., Khetrapal, N., Fein, D., & Demuth, K. (2016). “You’re telling me!” The prevalence and predictors of pronoun reversals in children with autism spectrum disorders and typical development. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 27, 11-20. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2016.03.008
  • Ren, Y., Wyver, S., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2016). Social competence and language skills in Mandarin-English bilingual preschoolers: Moderation effect of emotion regulation. Early Education and Development, 27(3), 303-317. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.1066639
  • Ren, Y., Xu Rattanasone, N., Demuth, K., Andronos, F., & Wyver, S. (2016). Relationships between proficiency with grammatical morphemes and emotion regulation: A study of Mandarin-English preschoolers. Early Child Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2016.1245189
  • Ren, Y., Xu Rattanasone, N., Wyver, S., Hinton, A., & Demuth, K. (2016). Interpretations of errors made by Mandarin-speaking children on the Preschool Language Scales - 5th Edition Screening Test. Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 15, 24-34.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Davies, B., Schembri, T., & Demuth, K. (2016). The iPad as a research tool for the understanding of English plurals by English, Chinese and other L1 speaking 3- and 4-year-olds. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1773. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01773
  • Burnham, B., Reid, A., Kasisopa, B., Luksaneeyanawin, S., Lacerda, F., Attina, V., Xu Rattanasone, N., Schwartz, I.-C., & Webster, D. (2015). Universality and language-specific experience in the perception of lexical tone and pitch. Applied Psycholinguistics, 36(6), 1459-1491. doi:10.1017/S0142716414000496
  • Ching, T.Y.C., Xu Rattanasone, N., Macdonald, G., Zhang, V.W., Button, L., & Demuth, K. (2015). Intelligibility of speech produced by children with hearing loss: Conventional amplification versus nonlinear frequency compression in hearing aids. Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids, 3(3), 1000135. doi:10.4172/2375-4427.1000135
  • Reid, A., Burnham, D., Kasisopa, B., Reilly, R., Attina, V., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Best, C.T. (2015). Perceptual assimilation of lexical tone: The roles of language experience and visual information. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77, 571-591. doi:10.3758/s13414-014-0791-3
  • Tsukada, K., Xu, H.L., & Xu Rattanasone, N. (2015). The perception of Mandarin lexical tones by listeners from different linguistic backgrounds. Chinese as a Second Language Research, 4(2), 141-161. doi:10.1515/caslar-2015-0009
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2014). The acquisition of coda consonants by Mandarin early child L2 learners of English. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 17(3), 646-659. doi: 10.1017/S1366728913000618
  • Auton, J.C., Wiggins, M.W., Searle, B.J., Loveday, T., & Xu Rattanasone, N. (2013). Prosodic cues used during perceptions of non-understandings in radio communication. Journal of Communication, 63(3), 600-616.
  • Tsukada, K., Roengpitya, R., Xu, H.L., & Xu, N. (2013). The perception of Mandarin lexical tones by native Japanese and Thai listeners. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5), 4245. doi:10.1121/1.4831611
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Burnham, D., & Reilly, R.G. (2013). Tone and vowel enhancement in Cantonese infant-directed speech at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months of age. Journal of Phonetics, 41(5), 332-343.
  • Xu, N., Burnham, D., Kitamura, C., & Vollmer-Conna, U. (2013). Vowel hyperarticulation in parrot-, dog-, and infant-directed speech. Anthrozoos, 26(3), 373-380.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2016). The effects of allomorphic variation on children's acquisition of plural morphology. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 101). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Tang, P., & Demuth, K. (2016). 3-year olds produce pitch contours consistent with Mandarin Tone 3 Sandhi. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 5). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Yuen, I., Xu Rattanasone, N., Schmidt, E., Macdonald, G., Holt, R., & Demuth, K. (2016). Accentual lengthening in 5-year-old AusE-speaking children: Preliminary results. In C. Carignan, & M.D. Tyler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 21). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Yuen, I., Xu Rattanasone, N., McDonald, G., Holt, R., & Demuth, K. (2014). Temporal planning in the production of Australian English compounds. In J. Hay, & E. Parnell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 142-145). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Xu, N., & Demuth, K. (2012). Acoustic analysis of English codas by Mandarin learners of English. In F. Cox, K. Demuth, S. Lin, K. Miles, S. Palethorpe, J. Shaw, & I. Yuen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th Speech Science and Technology Conference (pp. 41-44). Sydney: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Assoc.
  • Xu, N., & Burnham, D. (2010). The disassociation between intonation and tone in Cantonese Infant-Directed Speech. In M. Hasegawa-Johnson, A. Bradlow, J. Cole, K. Livescu, J. Pierrehumbert, & C. Shih, (Eds.), Proceedings of Speech Prosody (pp. 100094:1-4). Chicago: Speech Prosody Special Interest Group.
  • Xu, N., & Burnham, D. (2008). Tone hyperarticulation in Cantonese infant-directed speech. In ISCA (Ed.), Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (pp. 624). New York, USA: Curran Associates Inc.
  • Xu, N., Burnham, D., & Kitamura, C (2007). Tones & vowels in infant directed speech: Hyperarticulation for both, but different developmental pattern. In ISCA (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (pp. 1405). New York, USA: Curran Associates Inc.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Marunda, N., Yuen, I., & Xu, N. (2016, November). Child Language Lab: Overview and ultrasound demonstration. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Yuen, I., Xu, N., & Kung, C. (2016, July). Introduction to the Language Lab. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2016, May). Acquisition of syllabic plural morphology. Paper presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Yuen, I., Schmidt, E., Holt, R., & Demuth, K. (2016, May). No jelly in jellybeans: 5-year-olds’ processing of compounds. Paper presented at the CCD Developing Mind Series: Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Xu, N. (2016, March). Language development in bilingual children. Presentation given at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children's Expo, Sydney.
  • Chen, H., Yamane, N., Xu Rattanasone, N., Demuth, K., & Mazuka, R. (2015, November). Japanese infants are aware of phonemic vowel length in novel words at 18 months. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD40), Boston, USA.
  • Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2015, November). Revisiting 2;0-year-olds’ understanding of plural morphology. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD40), Boston, USA.
  • Chen, H., Yamane, N., Xu Rattanasone, N., Demuth, K., & Mazuka, R. (2015, September). Sensitivity to phonemic vowel length in novel words at 18 months: Evidence from Japanese infants. Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Davies, B., Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2015, September). Allomorphic effects on acquisition of the English plural. Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Van Dun, B., Ching, T., Wong, C., Xu Rattanasone, N., Bardy, F., Zhang, V., Sharma, M., Dillon, H., Demuth, K., & Rance, G. (2015, September). Assessment of infant speech discrimination using the acoustic change complex, a response from the auditory cortex. Paper presented at the Workshop on Infant Speech Perception (WISP): Phonological and Lexical Development, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., Demuth, K., & Cox, F. (2015, May). Production of English plurals by 3-year-old monolingual and Mandarin L2-learners of English. Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB10), Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
  • Xu Rattanasone, N., & Demuth, K. (2014, August). The acquisition of English phonology and morphology by early child second language learners. Paper presented at the CLaS-CCD Bilingualism Workshop, Sydney.
  • Tsukada, K., Roengpitya, R., Xu, H.L., & Xu, N. (2013, December). The perception of Mandarin lexical tones by native Japanese and Thai listeners. Paper presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, USA.
  • Xu, N., & Demuth, K. (2013, October). Exploring early child second language learning of phonology and morphology. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Language Day, Sydney.
  • Tsukada, K., Xu, H.L., & Xu, N. (2013, July). Perception of Mandarin lexical tones by native speakers of Japanese: A comparison between native and non-native listeners. Paper presented at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA) Conference, Canberra.
  • Kimiko, T., Xu, H.L., & Xu, N. (2013, June). The perception of Mandarin lexical tones by bi/multi-lingual listeners. Paper presented at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore.
  • Xu, N., & Demuth, K. (2013, June). Acoustic analysis of English codas by adult and early child Mandarin learners of English. Paper presented at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB9), Singapore.
  • MacDonald, G., Xu, N., Ching, T., & Demuth, K. (2013, April). Naïve listener intelligibility ratings of the speech of children with hearing loss. Paper presented at the Australian Hearing Hub Inaugural Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Macdonald, G., Xu, N., Ching, T.Y.C., & Demuth, K. (2013, April). Speech intelligibility of children with hearing aids: Assessments by naïve listeners. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society (ALS), Melbourne.
  • Macdonald, G., Xu, N., Demuth, K., & Ching, T.Y.C. (2013, April). Speech intelligibility of children with hearing aids: Judgment by naïve listeners. Paper presented at the Australian Hearing Hub Inaugural Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Xu, N., & Demuth, K. (2012, December). Acoustic analysis of English codas by Mandarin learners of English. Paper presented at the 14th International Australasian Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST), Sydney.
  • Xu, N., & Demuth, K. (2012, April). Sentence position effects on children’s perception of third person singulars. Poster session presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Xu, N., Demuth, K., & Cox, F. (2011, December). Sequential Bilingual (Mandarin-English) Children’s Production of Australian English Codas. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), Canberra.
  • Xu, N., Demuth, K., & Cox, F. (2011, November). Australian English codas: Easy or hard for Mandarin children? Poster session presented at the Annual Workshop of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Burnham, D., Attina, V., Xu, N., & Kasisopa, B (2011, August). Towards an Optimal Tone Space. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Tone Conference, Hong Kong.
  • Xu, N., & Burnham, D (2010, May). The disassociation between intonation and tone in Cantonese infant-directed speech. Paper presented at the Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago, USA.
  • Xu, N., & Burnham, D. (2010, May). Tone hyperarticulation and intonation in Cantonese infant-directed speech. Poster session presented at the Speech Prosody, Chicago, USA.
  • Xu, N., Attina, V., & Burnham, D. (2010, April). We don’t look for tones: Auditory-visual perception of Thai tones. Poster session presented at the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC)., University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Attina, V., Gibert, G., Xu, N., Vatikiotis-Bateson, E., & Burnham, D. (2009, January). Is tone visible in the face of the speaker? A pilot study for Cantonese and Mandarin Paper presented at the Paper presented at the HCSNet The ARC Network in Human Communication Sciences, , Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Xu, N., Burnham, D., & Kitamura, C (2007, January). Tone and Vowel Hyperarticulation in Cantonese IDS. Paper presented at the Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Australia National University, Australia.
  • Xu, N., Burnham, D., & Kitamura, C. (2007, January). Tone and Vowel Hyperarticulation: Are They the Same in IDS? Paper presented at the Australasian Human Development Conference, UNSW.
  • Xu, N., Burnham, D., Kitamura, C., & Vollmer-Conna, U. (2004, January). Polly wanna cracker? On talking to infants and parrots Poster session presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago USA.

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