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Title: Online adjustment of phonetic expectation of lexical tones to accommodate speaker variation : a combined behavioural and ERP study
Authors: Zhang, C 
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Language, cognition and neuroscience, 2018, v. 33, no. 2, p. 175-195
Abstract: An unresolved question in speech perception is how speech signals with speaker variation are mapped onto their perceptual representations. In this study, this issue was examined using a written-word/spoken-word matching paradigm, where listeners could adjust phonetic expectations of spoken words carrying lexical tones according to speaker-specific F0 cues contained in a preceding speech context, to analyse the tone of the incoming spoken word. Behavioural results showed that Cantonese listeners perceived spoken words differently, in a way compatible with the adjustment of F0 expectations of lexical tones to accommodate between- and within-speaker variation in F0. Electrophysiologically, effects of F0 expectation adjustment were found in the phonological mapping negativity (PMN) time-window (250–310 ms after spoken word onset). These results suggest that phonetic representations of lexical tones are adjustable in a speaker- and context-specific manner, with the adjustment occurring no later than pre-lexical phonemic processing. These findings are consistent with exemplar theory.
Keywords: Cantonese
Lexical tones
Phonological mapping negativity
Signal-to-representation mapping
Speaker variation
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: Language, cognition and neuroscience 
ISSN: 2327-3798
DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2017.1376752
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
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