Document Detail

Influences of lexical tone and pitch on word recognition in bilingual infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22682766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infants' abilities to discriminate native and non-native phonemes have been extensively investigated in monolingual learners, demonstrating a transition from language-general to language-specific sensitivities over the first year after birth. However, these studies have mostly been limited to the study of vowels and consonants in monolingual learners. There is relatively little research on other types of phonetic segments, such as lexical tone, even though tone languages are very well represented across languages of the world. The goal of the present study is to investigate how Mandarin Chinese-English bilingual learners contend with non-phonemic pitch variation in English spoken word recognition. This is contrasted with their treatment of phonemic changes in lexical tone in Mandarin spoken word recognition. The experimental design was cross-sectional and three age-groups were sampled (7.5months, 9months and 11months). Results demonstrated limited generalization abilities at 7.5months, where infants only recognized words in English when matched in pitch and words in Mandarin that were matched in tone. At 9months, infants recognized words in Mandarin Chinese that matched in tone, but also falsely recognized words that contrasted in tone. At this age, infants also recognized English words whether they were matched or mismatched in pitch. By 11months, infants correctly recognized pitch-matched and - mismatched words in English but only recognized tonal matches in Mandarin Chinese.
Leher Singh; Joanne Foong
Related Documents :
20670456 - Prospective study of determinants and costs of home births in mumbai slums.
17718876 - Thoughts and emotions during traumatic birth: a qualitative study.
25147416 - Imitation, memory, and the representation of persons.
22291116 - Nasal continuous positive airway pressure with heliox in preterm infants with respirato...
21467886 - Dog attack resulting in evisceration in an infant.
10799426 - Inhaled salbutamol for wheezy infants: a randomised controlled trial.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-06-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognition     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1873-7838     ISO Abbreviation:  Cognition     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-25     Completed Date:  2012-11-05     Revised Date:  2013-08-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0367541     Medline TA:  Cognition     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Language Development*
Pitch Perception*
Recognition (Psychology)*
Speech Perception*
Grant Support
1 R03 HD046676-01A1/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R03 HD046676/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Retrieving enduring spatial representations after disorientation.
Next Document:  Accuracy and inter-observer variability of 3D versus 4D cone-beam CT based image-guidance in SBRT fo...