Music and speech are distinct in lexical tone normalization processing

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This paper presents the results of a Cantonese lexical tone normalization experiment. Two non-linguistic (i.e., music and nonspeech) context conditions were used in addition to a speech context condition to elicit listeners’
normalization of level tones following contexts with fundamental frequency alterations. Participants showed clear tone normalization in the speech context condition. Participants’ normalization performances in the non-linguistic conditions were not significantnbut comparable to each other. The findings indicated that the non-linguistic music context is not sufficient to support lexical tone normalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 34)
EditorsMinh Le Nguyen, Mai Chi Luong, Sanghoun Song
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


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