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Pitch accent and lexical tone processing in Chinese discourse comprehension: An ERP study
Lia, Xiaoqing2; Yang, Yufang2; Hagoort, Peter1; P. Hagoort
2008-07-30
Source PublicationBRAIN RESEARCH
ISSN0006-8993
SubtypeArticle
Volume1222Pages:192-200
AbstractIn the present study, event-related brain potentials (ERP) were recorded to investigate the role of pitch accent and lexical tone in spoken discourse comprehension. Chinese was used as material to explore the potential difference in the nature and time course of brain responses to sentence meaning as indicated by pitch accent and to lexical meaning as indicated by tone. in both cases, the pitch contour of critical words was varied. The results showed that both inconsistent pitch accent and inconsistent lexical tone yielded N400 effects, and there was no interaction between them. The negativity evoked by inconsistent pitch accent had the some topography as that evoked by inconsistent lexical tone violation, with a maximum over central-parietal electrodes. Furthermore, the effect for the combined violations was the sum of effects for pure pitch accent and pure lexical tone violation. However, the effect for the lexical tone violation appeared approximately 90 ms earlier than the effect of the pitch accent violation. It is suggested that there might be a correspondence between the neural mechanism underlying pitch accent and lexical meaning processing in context. They both reflect the integration of the current information into a discourse context, independent of whether the current information was sentence meaning indicated by accentuation, or lexical meaning indicated by tone. in addition, lexical meaning was processed earlier than sentence meaning conveyed by pitch accent during spoken language processing.; In the present study, event-related brain potentials (ERP) were recorded to investigate the role of pitch accent and lexical tone in spoken discourse comprehension. Chinese was used as material to explore the potential difference in the nature and time course of brain responses to sentence meaning as indicated by pitch accent and to lexical meaning as indicated by tone. in both cases, the pitch contour of critical words was varied. The results showed that both inconsistent pitch accent and inconsistent lexical tone yielded N400 effects, and there was no interaction between them. The negativity evoked by inconsistent pitch accent had the some topography as that evoked by inconsistent lexical tone violation, with a maximum over central-parietal electrodes. Furthermore, the effect for the combined violations was the sum of effects for pure pitch accent and pure lexical tone violation. However, the effect for the lexical tone violation appeared approximately 90 ms earlier than the effect of the pitch accent violation. It is suggested that there might be a correspondence between the neural mechanism underlying pitch accent and lexical meaning processing in context. They both reflect the integration of the current information into a discourse context, independent of whether the current information was sentence meaning indicated by accentuation, or lexical meaning indicated by tone. in addition, lexical meaning was processed earlier than sentence meaning conveyed by pitch accent during spoken language processing. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywordpitch accent lexical tone discourse processing semantic information ERP Chinese
Subject Area心理语言学 ; 认知神经科学
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000258541600019
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5621
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Corresponding AuthorP. Hagoort
Affiliation1.Radboud Univ Nijmegen, FC Donders Ctr Cognit Neuroimaging, NL-6525 EN Nijmegen, Netherlands
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100864, Peoples R China
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Lia, Xiaoqing,Yang, Yufang,Hagoort, Peter,et al. Pitch accent and lexical tone processing in Chinese discourse comprehension: An ERP study[J]. BRAIN RESEARCH,2008,1222:192-200.
APA Lia, Xiaoqing,Yang, Yufang,Hagoort, Peter,&P. Hagoort.(2008).Pitch accent and lexical tone processing in Chinese discourse comprehension: An ERP study.BRAIN RESEARCH,1222,192-200.
MLA Lia, Xiaoqing,et al."Pitch accent and lexical tone processing in Chinese discourse comprehension: An ERP study".BRAIN RESEARCH 1222(2008):192-200.
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