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Titolo:
The perception of lexical tone in Mambila
Autore:
Connell, B;
Indirizzi:
Univ Oxford, Inst Social & Cultural Anthropol, Oxford OX2 6PE, England Univ Oxford Oxford England OX2 6PE al Anthropol, Oxford OX2 6PE, England
Titolo Testata:
LANGUAGE AND SPEECH
, volume: 43, anno: 2000,
parte:, 2
pagine: 163 - 182
SICI:
0023-8309(200004/06)43:<163:TPOLTI>2.0.ZU;2-N
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
MANDARIN;
Keywords:
African languages; signal detection theory; tone perception;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
47
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Connell, B Univ Oxford, Inst Social & Cultural Anthropol, 51 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PE, England Univ Oxford 51 Banbury Rd Oxford England OX2 6PE 6PE, England
Citazione:
B. Connell, "The perception of lexical tone in Mambila", LANG SPEECH, 43, 2000, pp. 163-182

Abstract

The issue of the perception of lexical tone has been addressed mainly through studies of Southeast Asian languages which feature phonological contourtones as well as level tones. Little attention has been paid to African languages which have, almost exclusively, only level tones. This paper examines tone perception in Mambila, a Benue-Congo language with four level lexical tones. A categorization experiment was run to determine some of the salient aspects of the perceptual nature of these tones. Since the four tones are well defined with respect to production, we sought to determine whether this characteristic carried over into perception, the expectation being that experimental stimuli, on the basis of pitch height alone, would fall intofour reasonably well defined categories. Results showed interesting differences across the four tones, with indications that the two Mid tones, T2 and T3, are perceptually different than the High (T1) and Low (T4) tones. Theexperiment was run a second time, using a group of native English listeners, to assess to what extent results for the Mambila listeners were determined by the perceptual structure of the Mambila tone system. A Signal Detection analysis was used, which revealed important differences between the two groups of listeners. Results are discussed in light of what is known about universal tendencies of tone systems and the historical development of the Mambila system.

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