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Conference Paper: Near-merger in Hong Kong Cantonese tones: a behavioural and ERP study

TitleNear-merger in Hong Kong Cantonese tones: a behavioural and ERP study
Authors
KeywordsMismatch negativity
Merger
Tone perception
Tone production
Cantonese
Issue Date2012
Citation
The 3rd International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2012), Nanjing, China, 26-29 May 2012. How to Cite?
第3届语言音调方面国际研讨会 (TAL 2012),中国, 南京, 2012年5月26-29日. How to Cite?
AbstractNear-merger is a recalcitrant phenomenon in sound change in which speakers are able to differentiate two sounds in production but consistently report that they are the same in perception. This phenomenon challenges the dominant models of phonological processing, and raises methodological questions whether speakers’ judgment can truly reflect their ability to discriminate speech sounds. The present study attempts to provide a thorough assessment of this intriguing phenomenon through performing behavioural and ERP studies on the perception of a tonal contrast (T4/T6) in Hong Kong Cantonese which has been reported to exhibit near-merger in previous studies. The behavioural study adopts auditory discrimination and oral production tasks, whereas the ERP study employs passive oddball task to elicit MMNs. Preliminary findings showed that the results of ERP measures were consistent with that of the behavioural measures. MMNs were found in participants who could discriminate the two tones whereas no MMN was found in participants who failed to discriminate them behaviourally. These initial observations are not only consistent with the existence of near-merger, but also mark the beginning of research efforts into understanding this baffling phenomenon.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160630

 

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dc.contributor.authorFung, Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorKung, Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorLaw, SPen_US
dc.contributor.authorSu, IFen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, Cen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T06:15:49Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T06:15:49Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 3rd International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2012), Nanjing, China, 26-29 May 2012.en_US
dc.identifier.citation第3届语言音调方面国际研讨会 (TAL 2012),中国, 南京, 2012年5月26-29日.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160630-
dc.description.abstractNear-merger is a recalcitrant phenomenon in sound change in which speakers are able to differentiate two sounds in production but consistently report that they are the same in perception. This phenomenon challenges the dominant models of phonological processing, and raises methodological questions whether speakers’ judgment can truly reflect their ability to discriminate speech sounds. The present study attempts to provide a thorough assessment of this intriguing phenomenon through performing behavioural and ERP studies on the perception of a tonal contrast (T4/T6) in Hong Kong Cantonese which has been reported to exhibit near-merger in previous studies. The behavioural study adopts auditory discrimination and oral production tasks, whereas the ERP study employs passive oddball task to elicit MMNs. Preliminary findings showed that the results of ERP measures were consistent with that of the behavioural measures. MMNs were found in participants who could discriminate the two tones whereas no MMN was found in participants who failed to discriminate them behaviourally. These initial observations are not only consistent with the existence of near-merger, but also mark the beginning of research efforts into understanding this baffling phenomenon.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofThe 3rd International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, TAL 2012en_US
dc.relation.ispartof第3届语言音调方面国际研讨会, TAL 2012-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectMismatch negativity-
dc.subjectMerger-
dc.subjectTone perception-
dc.subjectTone production-
dc.subjectCantonese-
dc.titleNear-merger in Hong Kong Cantonese tones: a behavioural and ERP studyen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailFung, R: ctsyfung@polyu.edu.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailKung, C: c.kung@donders.ru.nlen_US
dc.identifier.emailLaw, SP: splaw@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailSu, IF: ifansu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailWong, C: egcathyw@polyu.edu.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLaw, SP=rp00920en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros202613en_US
dc.description.otherThe 3rd International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2012), Nanjing, China, 26-29 May 2012.-
dc.description.other第3届语言音调方面国际研讨会 (TAL 2012),中国, 南京, 2012年5月26-29日.-

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