LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE INFLUENCES NON-LINGUISTIC PITCH PERCEPTION
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摘要Following publication of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, evidence has accumulated for the influence of language experience on perception. There are thousands of languages in the world which make use of pitch patterns to construct words much as vowels and consonants are used, among which Mandarin (a.k.a. Putonghua) is a typical tone language. This study examines the effect of language experience (tone language experience vs. nontone language experience) on non-linguistic pitch perception. First, we show a significantly higher prevalence of absolute pitch among native tone-language-speaking music students than among nontone-language-speaking music students. Moreover, we show that language experience shapes the perception of tone sweeps, extending the influence of language prototypes from the linguistic domain to the non-linguistic domain. Taken together, these results demonstrate that language experience affects auditory perception, and so provide evidence for the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in the auditory modality.
著者Peng G, Deutsch D, Henthorn T, Su DJ, Wang WSY
期刊名稱中国语言学报 / Journal of Chinese Linguistics
出版年份2013
月份6
日期1
卷號41
期次2
出版社Chinese University Press
頁次447 - 467
國際標準期刊號0091-3723
語言英式英語
關鍵詞Absolute pitch; Pitch perception; Sapir-Whorf hypothesis; Tone language; Tone sweep
Web of Science 學科類別Asian Studies; Language & Linguistics; Linguistics; LINGUISTICS

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