ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Infants' native and nonnative tone perception

Karen Mattock

Infants' native and nonnative tone perception was investigated in three studies. In Study 1, 6- and 9-month-old English (non-tone) and Chinese (tone) infants were tested for discrimination of Thai tones in a training procedure. Study 2 examined English and French infants' Thai tone perception in a more natural looking/listening task. Study 3 investigated English infants' discrimination of Mandarin tones. The findings provide robust evidence for the reorganization of tone perception as a function of language experience. Age-related decline in nonnative tone discrimination was found for English and French infants. Chinese infants showed stable tone perception across age.

Cite as: Mattock, K. (2008) Infants' native and nonnative tone perception. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 621

  author={Karen Mattock},
  title={{Infants' native and nonnative tone perception}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},