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Investigating the role of musical experience in lexical tone perception: non-musicians’ and amateur musicians’ perception of Mandarin tones

Fu, X; Evans, B; (2019) Investigating the role of musical experience in lexical tone perception: non-musicians’ and amateur musicians’ perception of Mandarin tones. In: Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. (pp. pp. 3857-3861). International Phonetic Association Green open access

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Abstract

Previous studies have found that musicians typically discriminate Mandarin tones better than nonmusicians. However, the relationship between musical experience and tone perception is unclear. In the current study, 39 monolingual native English speakers with no previous experience of tone languages and a range of musical backgrounds (non-/ amateur musicians) completed 6 tasks, including lexical tone identification, working memory, L1/L2 segmental perception and the Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index which measures musical ability/ experience. Path analysis showed that pitch interval discrimination (PID), but not musical ability or musical training, directly predicted tone identification. There was no relationship with working memory or L1/L2 segmental perception. Follow-up mixed effect models showed that Tone1 and Tone4 identification was associated with PID, musical ability and musical training, whereas Tone2 and Tone3 identification was only associated with musical training and PID respectively. Overall, musical training appears to be linked to PID, which in turn leads to better tone identification.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Investigating the role of musical experience in lexical tone perception: non-musicians’ and amateur musicians’ perception of Mandarin tones
Event: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 5th-9th August 2019
ISBN-13: 978-0-646-80069-1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: © International Phonetic Association 2019. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/).
Keywords: Mandarin tone identification, amateur musicians, pitch interval discrimination
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091250
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