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Article: Stimulus presentation order and the perception of lexical tones in Cantonese

TitleStimulus presentation order and the perception of lexical tones in Cantonese
Authors
Issue Date2003
PublisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.html
Citation
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2003, v. 114 n. 3, p. 1611-1621 How to Cite?
AbstractListeners' auditory discrimination of vowel sounds depends in part on the order in which stimuli are presented. Such presentation order effects have been argued to be language independent, and to result from psychophysical (not speech- or language-specific) factors such as the decay of memory traces over time or increased weighting of later-occurring stimuli. In the present study, native Cantonese speakers' discrimination of a linguistic tone continuum is shown to exhibit order of presentation effects similar to those shown for vowels in previous studies. When presented with two successive syllables differing in fundamental frequency by approximately 4 Hz, listeners were significantly more sensitive to this difference when the first syllable was higher in frequency than the second. However, American English-speaking listeners with no experience listening to Cantonese showed no such contrast effect when tested in the same manner using the same stimuli. Neither English nor Cantonese listeners showed any order of presentation effects in the discrimination of a nonspeech continuum in which tokens had the same fundamental frequencies as the Cantonese speech tokens but had a qualitatively non-speech-like timbre. These results suggest that tone presentation order effects, unlike vowel effects, may be language specific, possibly resulting from the need to compensate for utterance-related pitch declination when evaluating fundamental frequency for tone identification.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/43531
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dc.contributor.authorFrancis, ALen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCiocca, Ven_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-23T04:48:07Z-
dc.date.available2007-03-23T04:48:07Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2003, v. 114 n. 3, p. 1611-1621en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0001-4966en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/43531-
dc.description.abstractListeners' auditory discrimination of vowel sounds depends in part on the order in which stimuli are presented. Such presentation order effects have been argued to be language independent, and to result from psychophysical (not speech- or language-specific) factors such as the decay of memory traces over time or increased weighting of later-occurring stimuli. In the present study, native Cantonese speakers' discrimination of a linguistic tone continuum is shown to exhibit order of presentation effects similar to those shown for vowels in previous studies. When presented with two successive syllables differing in fundamental frequency by approximately 4 Hz, listeners were significantly more sensitive to this difference when the first syllable was higher in frequency than the second. However, American English-speaking listeners with no experience listening to Cantonese showed no such contrast effect when tested in the same manner using the same stimuli. Neither English nor Cantonese listeners showed any order of presentation effects in the discrimination of a nonspeech continuum in which tokens had the same fundamental frequencies as the Cantonese speech tokens but had a qualitatively non-speech-like timbre. These results suggest that tone presentation order effects, unlike vowel effects, may be language specific, possibly resulting from the need to compensate for utterance-related pitch declination when evaluating fundamental frequency for tone identification.en_HK
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dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherAcoustical Society of America. The Journal's web site is located at http://asa.aip.org/jasa.htmlen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshLanguageen_HK
dc.subject.meshPhoneticsen_HK
dc.subject.meshSpeech acousticsen_HK
dc.subject.meshSpeech perceptionen_HK
dc.subject.meshSpeech discrimination testsen_HK
dc.titleStimulus presentation order and the perception of lexical tones in Cantoneseen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1121/1.1603231en_HK
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