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Title: Tone and music processing in Chinese
Authors: Zhang, CC 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: In C Huang, J Zhuo & B Meisterernst (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics, p. 673-688. London: Taylor and Francis, Routledge, 2019.
Abstract: In tonal languages like Chinese, pitch is used to systematically differentiate word meanings. The use of pitch is not unique to language. In music, pitch also plays a fundamental role. Presumably due to the substantial overlap in pitch usage, cross-domain transfer effects between tonal language experience and musical expertise on pitch processing have been widely observed. This chapter will provide an overview of the behavioural evidence for such transfer and discuss the neural mechanisms that likely support the behavioural transfer effects to shed light on the broader question of how language and music are organized in the human brain.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis, Routledge
ISBN: 9781315625157 (eBook)
DOI: 10.4324/9781315625157
Rights: © 2019 selection and editorial matter, Chu-Ren Huang, Zhuo Jing-Schmidt and Barbara Meisterernst; individual chapters, the contributors
The right of Chu-Ren Huang, Zhuo Jing-Schmidt and Barbara Meisterernst to be identified as the authors of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
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