ISCA Archive TAL 2016
ISCA Archive TAL 2016

Cross-language Lexical-tone Identification

Jennifer Alexander, Yue Wang

We examine how native lexical-tone experience influences identification of novel tone. Cantonese, Thai, Mandarin, and Yoruba listeners identified CV syllables bearing the six phonemic Cantonese tones. Overall tone accuracy scores and tone-error patterns were assessed. Consistent with previous reports, native listeners’ perception reflected effects of ongoing tonal mergers and acoustic similarities incurred by a crowded lower tone space [27]. Non-native listeners’ perception appeared to be influenced by L1 auditory experience, as they attended to acoustic and phonetic cues relevant to the phonological and phonetic properties of L1 tone categories. [Support: NSF grant 0965227 to J.A.A.]


doi: 10.21437/TAL.2016-6

Cite as: Alexander, J., Wang, Y. (2016) Cross-language Lexical-tone Identification. Proc. 5th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016), 28-32, doi: 10.21437/TAL.2016-6

@inproceedings{alexander16_tal,
  author={Jennifer Alexander and Yue Wang},
  title={{Cross-language Lexical-tone Identification}},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. 5th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016)},
  pages={28--32},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-6}
}