Processing segmental and prosodic information in spoken word planning: Further evidence from Cantonese Chinese
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AbstractThree picture-word interference experiments were conducted to investigate how segmental and tonal information is processed in Cantonese spoken word planning. The picture names were all Cantonese monosyllables with a consonant-vowel-consonant structure. Significant facilitation effects on naming latencies were found when the target (e.g., /sing1/, "Star") and the auditory word distractor (e.g., /ging2/, /sik6/, or /soeng3/) shared two identical phonemic segments (regardless of the segments' syllable-internal position), than when they were unrelated, whereas no reliable effects were obtained when they shared only the vowel (e.g., /dim3/), the coda (e.g., /hung2/), or together with the tone (e.g., /bit1/ or /fung1/). Furthermore, the facilitation effect observed in the consonant+consonant+tone-related condition (e.g., /soeng1/) was reliably larger than that in the consonant+consonant-related condition (e.g., /soeng3/). These results suggest that activation of a single segment is not effective in influencing Cantonese word production and that the lexical tone in Cantonese has a unique role to play. A model which assumes interactivity between lexical and sublexical (including tonal and segmental representations) levels of processing in Cantonese spoken word planning can best account for the available results.
All Author(s) ListWong A.W.-K., Chen H.-C.
Journal nameJapanese Psychological Research
Volume Number57
Issue Number1
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages69 - 80
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCantonese, Lexical tone, Phonological encoding, Picture-word interference, Segmental information

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