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Tonal Perception, Neurolinguistic Studies
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1. Introduction

Pitch is one of the most important information-bearing components of speech (Laver 1994). Tone languages like Chinese offer advantages for investigating neural mechanisms underlying pitch at different levels of processing because of its phonemic status at the syllable level (Yip 2003). Dynamic variations in voice fundamental frequency contours provide the dominant acoustic cue for tone rec…

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Jackson T. GANDOUR and Ananthanarayan Ravi KRISHNAN, “Tonal Perception, Neurolinguistic Studies”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000068>
First published online: 2015

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