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心理学报 ›› 2014, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (9): 1223-1231.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2014.01223

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  1. (香港中文大学语言学与现代语言系; 香港理工大学中文及双语学系, 香港)
  • 收稿日期:2013-10-10 出版日期:2014-09-25 发布日期:2014-09-25
  • 通讯作者: 郑秋晨, E-mail:

Effects of Vowels on Mandarin Tone Categorical Perception

ZHENG Qiuchen   

  1. (Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China )
  • Received:2013-10-10 Online:2014-09-25 Published:2014-09-25
  • Contact: ZHENG Qiuchen, E-mail:


本项研究基于现代汉语普通话声调感知具有范畴性这一结论(Wang, 1976), 以普通话中6个单元音(/a//?//F//i//u//y/, 即拼音a、o、e、i、u、ü)阴平(T1)到阳平(T2)调的连续统(continuum)为实验语料, 用专业语音学软件Praat合成连续统语音样本, 对20名平均年龄为22.90岁的普通话母语者进行声调感知实验, 即让被试对所听刺激进行T1或T2的二选一鉴别测试(identification test), 从而探究单元音的内在音高(intrinsic pitch)与声调感知边界(boundary)的关系。本文借鉴Wang (1976)和Peng等(2010)对元音/i/声调连续统的合成方法, 使声调感知研究拓展到普通话中除/i/之外的其他5个单元音, 对以上两项研究起到一定的对照作用。研究发现, 元音会对T1到T2的声调范畴感知边界位置产生影响, 低元音/a/的内在音高较低, 其边界位置亦始终低于其他元音, 且具有显著性差异, 实验结果证明, 内在音高会对感知边界产生影响, 从而支持了Ohala和Eukel (1976)的“舌位拉伸”假说。

关键词: 声调, 范畴感知, 内在音高, 连续统, 元音


Sounds are physically continuous but linguistic phonemes are discrete and limited. Categorical Perception (CP) offers a useful approach to address this mismatching issue between the physical and perceptional features of speech. It is well established that consonants are perceived categorically, while vowels are perceived continuously. Earlier studies showed that the speech CP was restricted to segmental features. However, as Abramson (1961) firstly pointed out that CP mode could be applicable to the suprasegments. His limited investigation revealed that tone perception in Thai is categorical. Likewise, a similar result has been confirmed by Wang (1976) that the perception of Mandarin tones is also categorical, in the sense that native Chinese speakers have a linguistic boundary when perceiving the tones. The studies was based on a synthesized acoustic continuum, which was superimposed on vowel /i/, consisting of 11 tonal variants from Mandarin Tone 2 (yi2 ‘aunt’) to Tone 1 (yi1 ‘clothing’). There is still no conclusion that what effect vowels have on the boundary of tonal perception. Regarding this, current study is to address this issue....

Key words: tone, categorical perception, intrinsic pitch, continuum, vowels

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