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Effect of tonal native language on voice fundamental frequency responses to pitch feedback perturbations during sustained vocalizations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21218905     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this cross-language study was to examine whether the online control of voice fundamental frequency (F(0)) during vowel phonation is influenced by language experience. Native speakers of Cantonese and Mandarin, both tonal languages spoken in China, participated in the experiments. Subjects were asked to vocalize a vowel sound /u/at their comfortable habitual F(0), during which their voice pitch was unexpectedly shifted (± 50, ± 100, ± 200, or ± 500 cents, 200 ms duration) and fed back instantaneously to them over headphones. The results showed that Cantonese speakers produced significantly smaller responses than Mandarin speakers when the stimulus magnitude varied from 200 to 500 cents. Further, response magnitudes decreased along with the increase in stimulus magnitude in Cantonese speakers, which was not observed in Mandarin speakers. These findings suggest that online control of voice F(0) during vocalization is sensitive to language experience. Further, systematic modulations of vocal responses across stimulus magnitude were observed in Cantonese speakers but not in Mandarin speakers, which indicates that this highly automatic feedback mechanism is sensitive to the specific tonal system of each language.
Hanjun Liu; Emily Q Wang; Zhaocong Chen; Peng Liu; Charles R Larson; Dongfeng Huang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  128     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-11     Completed Date:  2011-04-22     Revised Date:  2013-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3739-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, People's Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Feedback, Psychological*
Pitch Perception*
Reaction Time
Signal Detection, Psychological
Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
Speech Acoustics*
Speech Perception*
Time Factors
Young Adult
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