Perception of Glottalization in Varying Pitch Contexts in Mandarin Chinese
Bissiri, Maria Paola
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Bissiri, M., Zellers, M. & Ding, H. (3914) Perception of Glottalization in Varying Pitch Contexts in Mandarin Chinese, Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody, pp. 633-637.
Although glottalization has often been associated with low pitch, evidence from a number of sources supports the assertion that this association is not obligatory, and is likely to be language-specific. Following a previous study testing perception of glottalization by German, English, and Swedish listeners, the current research investigates the influence of pitch context on the perception of glottalization by native speakers of a tone language, Mandarin Chinese. Listeners heard AXB sets in which they were asked to match glottalized stimuli with pitch contours. We find that Mandarin listeners tend not to be influenced by the pitch context when judging the pitch of glottalized stretches of speech. These data lend support to the idea that the perception of glottalization varies in relation to language-specific prosodic structure.
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