Acoustic Characteristics of Lexical Tone Disruption in Mandarin Speakers After Brain Damage

Wenjun Chen, Jeroen van de Weijer, Shuangshuang Zhu, Qian Qian, Manna Wang


This study identifies the acoustic characteristics of tones produced by Mandarin brain-damaged patients. We investigate the F0 characteristics of the patients’ tone productions and compare them with a control group of healthy speakers. The results show tone disruption in patients with brain damage in either the left or the right hemisphere. Even patients’ tone productions that were correctly identified by Mandarin native speakers were acoustically different from the ones produced by healthy speakers. The patterns of tone disruption in Mandarin brain-damaged patients might be caused by damage to the motor function in the brain.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2432

Cite as: Chen, W., Weijer, J.V.D., Zhu, S., Qian, Q., Wang, M. (2019) Acoustic Characteristics of Lexical Tone Disruption in Mandarin Speakers After Brain Damage. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 4534-4538, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2432.


@inproceedings{Chen2019,
  author={Wenjun Chen and Jeroen van de Weijer and Shuangshuang Zhu and Qian Qian and Manna Wang},
  title={{Acoustic Characteristics of Lexical Tone Disruption in Mandarin Speakers After Brain Damage}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={4534--4538},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2432},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-2432}
}