9:2093. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02093, Li, X., Gandour, J. T., Talavage, T., Wong, D., Hoffa, A., Lowe, M., et al. No evidence of effects of language experience was found for Limburgian- versus Dutch-learning 2.5- and 4-year-olds' learning of novel Limburgian words with lexical tone: children of both ages were sensitive to tone mispronunciations of the newly-learned words. Etsako (see textbook) ¥Other languages have a more complex set of tones Inq. Some use tones only for stem morphemes while others use tone to mark grammatical or morphological alternations. 39, 585–594. Best, C. T., and Tyler, M. D. (2007). As nouns the difference between tone and accent is that tone is (music) a specific pitch while accent is (linguistics) a higher-pitched or stronger articulation of a particular syllable of a word or phrase in order to distinguish it from Some include tonemes with temporally-changing pitch trajectories (contour tone languages) while others use only level pitches (register tone languages). Pitch-accent is a dubious category, which has largely been replaced with the concept of restricted-tone language (where only one syllable per word has a distinctive mark). Phonetic influences on English and French listeners' assimilation of Mandarin tones to native prosodic categories. Pitch & Tone Weâve all heard that in Mandarin, you can pronounce a single word like âmaâ in four ways, each giving a radically different definition. 8:492. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00492. 36, 268–294. Neuroimage 29, 515–523. In Lithuanian, each word has one stress. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0791-3, Remijsen, B. J. Mem. French native speakers in the making: From language-general to language-specific voicing boundaries. Therefore, the syllable on which such an accent falls is â¦ ^As these claims have referred to creaky voice (very widely spaced pitch pulses) and glottalization (temporary lack of pitch pulsing) it is not entirely clear to me that they are necessarily categorically different from pitch specification. 9:1211. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01211, Quam, C., and Swingley, D. (2010). 28, 565–585. (2013). On the one hand, many reports on early developmental changes in non-native lexical tone perception appear compatible with the idea that tones are phonologically associated with consonants. Percept. Front. doi: 10.1016/0093-934X(86)90045-3. (1998). Tones Psychol. 1 Pitch Accent Systems Harry van der Hulst University of Connecticut 1. Am. Cross-language comparisons across a wider range of lexical tone systems will be needed to identify where, how and why perceptual assimilation of non-native lexical tones to higher prosodic tiers in the native languages of non-tone L1 listeners may break down.
In another study of monolingual Mandarin learners, however, 2- to 3-year-olds showed greater sensitivity to lexical tone mispronunciations than vowel or consonant mispronunciations of just-learned novel Mandarin words, whereas 4- to 5-year-olds reversed that pattern, showing greater sensitivity to vowel or consonant mispronunciations than to tone mispronunciations (Singh et al., 2015). pitch accent is one of the easiest ways to single out the non-native speakers, no matter how perfect their command of the language might be otherwise. Speech Prosody 2016, 302–306. A tonal Psychol. Front. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2015.05.010, Singh, L., Hui, T. J., Chan, C., and Golinkoff, R. M. (2014). Ling. �P��n��"�r��e�����o ���Ş�5Ĭ9kĝ�����?����;h�}��T�ñas���H���t�4v�v\\2����. 9:448. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00448, Choi, W., Tong, X., and Singh, L. (2017). 0000001462 00000 n
86, 10–22. Poznañ Stud. Psychol. 32, 395–421. Conversely, it also means that for speakers or learners of a tone language there is potential for ambiguity or confusion over which phonological tier is being represented by a given tonal pattern. In the field of music, pitch is the actual value of a tone while tone is the thickness of the note. Tonal Aspects Lang. Ling. Influences on infant speech processing: toward a new synthesis. Stud. Lang. None of these notation approaches systematically reflects effects of phonetic context and sandhi rules on the phonetic form of tones as they are actually realized in connected speech. Secondly, some articulatory studies of speech production in tone languages have demonstrated that the laryngeal gesture that produces a lexical tone is coupled with the constriction gesture for the onset consonant of the tone-bearing syllable rather than being coupled with its vowel nucleus (Gao, 2009; Mücke et al., 2012; Hu, 2016). 3. They also display substantial individual variation in learning, which correlates with variations in their tone discrimination performance in non-lexical tasks (e.g., Wong et al., 2007; Chandrasekaran et al., 2010). doi: 10.1515/9781614510772.205. For example, they may perceive non-native lexical tones as L1 intonational phrase (e.g., Hallé et al., 2004) and/or stress contrasts (e.g., So and Best, 2010, 2011, 2014). More importantly for our discussion of lexical tones, all languages also use pitch variation linguistically to mark intonation distinctions at supra-syllabic (metrical) levels of the phonological hierarchy: prosodic word, phonological phrase, intonational phrase, and utterance tiers (the prosodic hierarchy: e.g., Beckman and Pierrehumbert, 1986; Nespor and Vogel, 1986; Selkirk, 1986; Pierrehumbert and Beckman, 1988), which are most often examined using the ToBI (Tones and Break Indices) framework and transcription system (see Beckman et al., 2006), an approach that has also been applied to lexical tones (e.g., Francis et al., 2008). From lexical tone to lexical stress: a cross-language mediation model for Cantonese children learning English as a second language. 9:477. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00477, Hallé, P. A., Chang, Y.-C., and Best, C. T. (2004). Speech 53, 273–293. Yet other studies indicate instead that even 2- to 3-year-old monolingual tone language learners are not yet adultlike in their learning and recognition of spoken words, for which they are more strongly affected by vowel variation than tone variation (Ma et al., 2017), and they may not be able to perceptually disentangle the intonational vs. lexical basis for pitch variations until 4–5 years of age (Singh and Chee, 2016). 13, 1–16. More specifically, it is an open question whether and how cross-tier perceptual influences differ quantitatively and/or qualitatively from perceiving non-native consonant and vowel contrasts with reference to same-tier native contrasts (for an excellent step toward addressing this see Braun and Johnson, 2011). Firstly, the emergence of lexical tones during the historical evolution of a language (tonogenesis) is much more likely to arise via diachronic changes in laryngeal features of consonants, e.g., through trans-phonologization of voicing contrasts, than from diachronic changes in vowels (see Maddieson, 1984; Whalen et al., 1993; Ratliff, 2015; Remijsen, 2016; for ongoing consonant voicing-related tonogenesis in Seoul Korean, see Silva, 2006a,b). F0 gives voicing information even with unambiguous voice onset times. Tonal spelling versus diacritics for teaching pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese. Hear. tones but instead either just high or low. Adult learning of novel words in a non-native language: consonants, vowels, and tones. In Lithuanian, each word has one stress. Pitch-accent and tonal are NOT the same thing. (2010). 28, 995–1006. The six articles I was invited to comment on have each extended that recent progress in our understanding of the early development of native and non-native perception of lexical tones. %%EOF
Neurosci. 68, 123–139. The development of word stress processing in French and Spanish infants. 17, 94–109. The specific sounds of a tonal language are sometimes called tonemes. Duanmu, S. (1990). Psychol. “Tone,” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics Online (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Rev. However, pitch accent is different from tones. (2006b). 4. 12, 914–919. For example, English-learning infants have been found to discriminate non-native Mandarin tone contrasts at 6 months but not at 9 months (e.g., Mattock and Burnham, 2006), consistent with numerous reports of a developmental decline around 10 months in discrimination of many non-native consonant contrasts and at odds with reports of an earlier decline at 5–6 months for non-native vowel contrasts (e.g., Werker and Tees, 1999). The other is the ‘compound’ or ‘grave’ tone, ton(em)e 2. 1.Pitch is a perceived fundamental frequency of sound while tone is the âqualityâ of sound. Second Lang. (2009). “Do tones have features?,” in The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, Vol. The crucial difference between tone and non-tone languages is that tone languages use contrastive pitch specifications at every level of the phonological hierarchy, whereas non-tone languages have a gap in contrastive use of pitch at the segmental level. doi: 10.1002/hbm.20330, Yeung, H. H., Chen, K. H., and Werker, J. F. (2013). Available online at: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A520288&dswid=320, Götz, A., Yeung, H. H., Krasotkina, A., Schwarzer, G., and Höhle, B. Japanese accent is mapped onto actual tonal (or F0) patterns. Psychophys. Tones arenât 100% extinct in Korean, however. doi: 10.21437/TAL.2016-2, Jones, D. (1944). The terminology can be a bit confusing, because âpitchâ and âtoneâ are used in both language and music. Prosodic Phonology. On the other hand, findings from a recent eye-tracking study of novel tone-language word learning by native, non-native tone L1 and non-native non-tone L1 adults indicate that tone processing appears to be more tightly time-locked to the vowel than the consonant onset in the words (Poltrock et al., 2018). Front. However, more recent studies have extended the investigation to word recognition and learning (Singh and Foong, 2012; Singh et al., 2014; Hay et al., 2015), including a number of papers in this Special Topic volume (e.g., Liu and Kager, 2018; Ota et al., 2018; Burnham et al., 2019; and several other papers discussed below). The non-native listeners have often been non-tonal L1 speakers naïve to the target tone language, though in a few studies their L1s have been pitch accent languages (e.g., So and Best, 2010) or other contour tone languages (e.g., So and Best, 2010, 2011, 2014; Reid et al., 2015). Question or tone 2? the percentage of syllables (or perhaps words) that require a tone feature, we might get something like the continuum in (1). This could result in speakers of a tonal language not learning L2 tones better than speakers of a non-tonal language, as observed in this study. doi: 10.1207/s15327078in1003_3, Mattock, K., Molnar, M., Polka, L., and Burnham, D. (2008). %PDF-1.5
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(2018). However, a recent articulatory study instead found that certain Mandarin tones differentially shift tongue body position in production of adjacent vowels (Shaw et al., 2016), which may be consistent with viewing them as vowel features. doi: 10.1177/0023830909357156, Stager, C. L., and Werker, J. F. (1997). 75, eds J. A.Goldsmith, J. Riggle, and A. C. L. Yu (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons), 50–80. Psychol. Front. Acta Ling. There are a number of competing and inconsistently used systems. Hemispheric asymmetries in phonological processing of tones vs. segmental units. â¢ Choice of pitch accent contour varied depending on L1 and proficiency level. Perceptual assimilation of lexical tone: the role of language experience and visual information. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2009.07.005, Hu, F. (2016). Phonology 23, 287–308. Infant Behav. In a second paper, however, although both Mandarin-learning and English-learning infants also discriminated another Mandarin tone contrast (T1-T3) better at 12 than at 6 months, the Mandarin infants showed significantly greater improvement, which indicates that language-specific experience does enhance lexical tone discrimination (Tsao, 2017). 93, 2152–2159. They are employed in 60–70% of existing languages (Yip, 2002), including many Asian, African and indigenous American languages as well as a few European and South Pacific languages (Maddieson, 2013). doi: 10.1162/jocn.2009.21377, Selkirk, E. O. The examples in (1) illustrate the lexical contrast based on the presence vs. absence of pitch accent.4 doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2012.05.008, Singh, L., Goh, H. H., and Wewalaarachchi, T. D. (2015). Modern Lang. 9:117. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00117, Liu, L., Ong, J. H., Tuninetti, A., and Escudero, P. (2018). While in a phonetic sense tones extend across the voiced segments of a syllable, however, such observations may not straightforwardly reflect the more abstract phonological properties of tones (e.g., see Wang, 1967; Hyman, 2011a,b). Chao, Y. R. (1930). 0000004037 00000 n
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From flexibility to constraint: the contrastive use of lexical tone in early word learning. Ideally, future research should include a wider range of non-Asian languages, including register tone as well as contour tone languages, and wider variations in the functional loads and morpho-grammatical functions of lexical tones across languages. Thus, Japanese, and “pitch accent” languages in general, defies the dichotomy of tone vs. non-tone languages. The authors interpret these results as evidence that development of pitch contour perception is mediated by domain-general rather than language-tuned mechanisms. J. Cogn. Both models were developed specifically to account for cross-language perception of non-native consonants and vowels with reference to native segments, and can be extended fairly straightforwardly to predicting discrimination and categorization of non-native tones by adult listeners whose L1s are other tone languages, i.e., within the segmental tier. â¢More generally, pitch accent is not a coherent notion, but rather, a pick and choose among the properties that characterize prototypical tone vs. prototypical accent. In the other, Cantonese 3rd-graders' lexical tone sensitivity was found to correlate with their sensitivity to lexical stress in L2-English words (Choi et al., 2017). In most stress-accent languages, pitch is an important correlate of stress, so the dividing lines between tone, stress and pitch-accent are fuzzy. So while âtoneâ in language is comparable to âpitchâ in music, âpitchâ is a more specific phenomenon where one syllable in a word is distinguished by a linguistic âtone.â This is also all separate froâ¦ Harper & Row. On the other hand, several lines of phonological evidence suggest that lexical tones may function as consonantal features (rather than as a third segmental class) in tone languages. Psychol. 0000085212 00000 n
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Gestural coordination among vowel, consonant and tone gestures in Mandarin Chinese. Some tones may sound alike to people who do not speak a tone language. (2017). Indeed, several tone phonologists claim that lexical tones function as segments in tone languages (e.g., Lin, 1989; Duanmu, 1990, 1994). doi: 10.1075/lllt.17.07bes, Braun, B., and Johnson, E. K. (2011). Learn. Hyman, L. M. (2011a). 8:558. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00558, Wang, W. S.-Y. Many thanks to the two reviewers (Thierry Nazzi) for their thoughtful and constructive feedback and suggestions on the original submission of this Opinion. The author confirms being the sole contributor of this work and has approved it for publication. 8:2190. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02190, PubMed Abstract | CrossRef Full Text | Google Scholar, Chandrasekaran, B., Sampath, P. D., and Wong, P. C. (2010). å¢ã¢ã¯ã»ã³ãï¼ãã«ã¤ãã¦ã§ããè±èªã¯åèªã®ä¸ã«å¿ ããã¹ãã¬ã¹ããæã¡ãããã¯æ¥æ¬èªã®ããããã¢ã¯ã»ã³ãï¼é«ä½ã¢ã¯ã»ã³ãï¼ãã¨ã¯ã¾ã£ã â¦ doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2007.07.002, McGinnis, S. (1997). doi: 10.2478/psicl-2011-0011, So, C., and Best, C. T. (2014). This set of papers individually and together advance our knowledge about the development of young children's perception and production of lexical tones, of their phonological representation of tones in words, and of the impact that speaking a native tone language may have on children's perception of lexical stress in a non-tone second language they are learning. 8:1652. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01652. In many tonal African languages, such as most Bantu languages, tones are distinguished by their pitch level relative to each other, known as a register tone system. Let's look at the top three languages in the data set: Estimating the peak frequency by language lets us compare all languages: Cool! Am. Psychol., 26 February 2019
Pitch accent languages (e.g. tone ¥in a fully tonal language, it is a lexical property of every syllable in every word to be marked for some pitch ¥Some languages have a L vs. H distinction, e.g. One way or another: Evidence for perceptual asymmetry in pre-attentive learning of non-native contrasts. Can we form a clearer picture based on existing cross-language tone perception studies? Nonetheless, learning tones in words is more challenging than mere tone discrimination, which is clearly above chance even prior to training (e.g., 78% correct discrimination in a pre-test: Wong and Perrachione, 2007)5. Nor do neurocognitive studies resolve the issue. doi: 10.1075/kl.13.01djs, Singh, L., and Chee, M. (2016). Front. ^While it remains a matter of debate whether lexical pitch accent is a type of lexical tone, for heuristic purposes, languages that use only pitch accents, such as Japanese, are considered tone languages in this paper. The development of mismatch responses to Mandarin lexical tone in 12- to 24-month-old infants. In this paper the issue whether the Nguni languages may best be described as a pitch-accent vis-a-vis a tone language is discussed. This a h a y a b u N n a . doi: 10.1111/cdev.12269, Hoonhorst, I., Colin, C., Markessis, E., Radeau, M., Deltenre, P., and Serniclaes, W. (2009). Phonology, 3, 255–309. The remaining article (Ramachers et al., 2017) took an important additional step away from the past by using a European pitch accent language, Limburgian, rather than an Asian contour tone language in which tones carry high functional load in the lexicon but no grammatical function. Authors inferred that the children 's lexical representations for the novel items included tone specifications contrastive tones others! Not comply with these terms in young tone language learners: age-dependent effects of tone vs. non-tone languages a. M. E., Hirschberg, J. F., and Burnham, D..... 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