ISSN 1671-3710
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›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (5): 774-780.

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The Cognitive Process of Phrase Boundary in Language and Music

Li Weijun;Yang Yufang   

  1. Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:1900-01-01 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-09-15 Published:2007-09-15
  • Contact: Yang Yufang

Abstract: In recent years, a growing number of researchers have been involved in the phrase structure processing of language and music. Firstly, the present review introduces the event-related brain potential (ERP) studies of phrase boundary processing in language. In ERPs, the prosodic boundaries in natural speech and commas during silent reading reliably elicit a similar online brain response, termed the Closure Positive Shift (CPS), which reflects the closure of intonational phrase. Then, the latest studies of music phrase processing with ERP and event related magnetic field (ERF) technique are reviewed. The replication of music CPS demonstrates the robustness of this ERP component. New trends and issues concerning to the study of prosodic hierarchical boundaries are discussed in the end

Key words: language, music, ERP, ERF (event related magnetic field), phrase boundary, closure positive shift(CPS)

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