Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
PIRA download icon_1.1View/Download Full Text
Title: Impaired categorical perception of Mandarin tones and its relationship to language ability in autism spectrum disorders
Authors: Chen, F
Yan, N
Pan, X
Yang, F
Ji, Z
Wang, L
Peng, G 
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Proceedings of Interspeech 2016, p. 233-237
Abstract: While enhanced pitch processing appears to be characteristic of many individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it remains unclear whether enhancement in pitch perception applies to those who speak a tone language. Using a classic paradigm of categorical perception (CP), the present study investigated the perception of Mandarin tones in six-to eight-year-old children with ASD, and compared it with age-matched typically developing children. In stark contrast to controls, the child participants with ASD exhibited a much wider boundary width (i.e., more gentle slope), and showed no improved discrimination for pairs straddling the boundary, indicating impaired CP of Mandarin tones. Moreover, identification skills of different tone categories were positively correlated with language ability among children with ASD. These findings revealed aberrant tone processing in Mandarin-speaking individuals with ASD, especially in those with significant language impairment. Our results are in support of the notion of impaired change detection for the linguistic elements of speech in children with ASD.
Keywords: ASD
Categorical perception
Language ability
Mandarin tones
Publisher: International Speech and Communication Association
ISSN: 2308-457X
DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1133
Description: 17th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2016, San Francisco, US, 8-16 September 2016
Rights: Copyright © 2016 ISCA
The following publication Chen, F., Yan, N., Pan, X., Yang, F., Ji, Z., Wang, L., Peng, G. (2016) Impaired Categorical Perception of Mandarin Tones and its Relationship to Language Ability in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 233-237 is published in ISCA Archive and is available at
Appears in Collections:Conference Paper

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
chen16c_interspeech.pdf739.4 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Open Access Information
Status open access
File Version Version of Record
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

Page views

Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Nov 22, 2023


Citations as of Nov 22, 2023


Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Nov 23, 2023


Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Nov 30, 2023

Google ScholarTM



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.