Effects of preceding contexts on the categorical perception of Mandarin tones

Fei Chen, Kunyu Xu, Gang Peng

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Abstract

Tone perception is not only based on word-internal F0 cues but also with reference to F0 cues in the contexts. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of preceding contexts on Mandarin tone perception. In the experiment, Mandarin Tone 1 and Tone 2 (high-level and mid-rising) were investigated with preceding four types of contexts (normal speech, reversal speech, fine-structure sound and nonspeech) by manipulating the contextual mean F0. Results indicate that the Mandarin tones are restrictedly influenced only by the normal speech context and the effect is contrastive. With normal speech context with a higher mean F0, the following tone continuum is more likely to be perceived as a lower-frequency tone (Tone 2) and vice versa. These findings suggest that Mandarin tone normalization may be mediated by a speech-specific process and the context needs to be phonologically meaningful.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2014
PublisherIEEE
Pages289-293
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479942206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2014 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 12 Sep 201414 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference9th International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, ISCSLP 2014
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12/09/1414/09/14

Keywords

  • categorical perception
  • context
  • Mandarin tone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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