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ERIC Number: EJ1166311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Categorical Perception of Mandarin Chinese Tones 1-2 and Tones 1-4: Effects of Aging and Signal Duration
Wang, Yuxia; Yang, Xiaohu; Liu, Chang
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v60 n12 p3667-3677 Dec 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the aging effect on the categorical perception of Mandarin Chinese tones with varied fundamental frequency (F0) contours and signal duration. Method: Both younger and older native Chinese listeners with normal hearing were recruited in 2 experiments--tone identification and tone discrimination on a series of stimuli with the F0 contour systematically varying from the flat tone to the rising-falling tones. Apart from F0 contour, tone duration was manipulated at 3 levels: 100, 200, and 400 ms. Results: Results suggested that, compared with younger listeners, older listeners performed with shallower slope in the identification function and smaller peakedness in the discrimination function, particularly for Tones 1 and 2, whereas for Tones 1 and 4, comparable categorical perception was found between younger and older listeners. Conclusions: The current study suggested that longer duration facilitated categorical perception in the flat-rising tones for the older listeners. Such an aging effect was not found with the flat-falling tones, suggesting that the aging-related deficit in categorical perception might relate to different tone types. Aging resulted in less categoricality of Mandarin tone perception for the flat-rising tones with short duration like 100 ms, possibly due to the aging-related decline in temporal processing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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