Cognitive Factors in Thai-Naïve Mandarin Speakers’ Imitation of Thai Lexical Tones

Juqiang Chen, Catherine T. Best, Mark Antoniou


The present study investigated how cognitive factors, memory load and attention control, affected imitation of Thai tones by Mandarin speakers with no prior Thai experience. Mandarin speakers lengthened the syllable duration, enlarged the F0 excursion and moved some F0 max location earlier compared with the stimuli, even in the immediate imitation condition. Talker variability had a larger impact on imitation than memory load, whereas vowel variability did not have any effect. Perceptual assimilation patterns partially influenced imitation performance, suggesting phonological categorization in imitation and a perception-production link.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1403

Cite as: Chen, J., Best, C.T., Antoniou, M. (2019) Cognitive Factors in Thai-Naïve Mandarin Speakers’ Imitation of Thai Lexical Tones. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 2653-2657, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1403.


@inproceedings{Chen2019,
  author={Juqiang Chen and Catherine T. Best and Mark Antoniou},
  title={{Cognitive Factors in Thai-Naïve Mandarin Speakers’ Imitation of Thai Lexical Tones}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={2653--2657},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1403},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1403}
}