Experience-dependent influence of music and language on lexical pitch learning is not additive
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AbstractResearch studies provide evidence for the facilitative effects of musical and linguistic experience on lexical pitch learning. However, the effect of interaction of linguistic and musical pitch experience on lexical pitch processing is a matter of ongoing research. In the current study, we sought to examine the effect of combination of musical and linguistic pitch experience on learning of novel lexical pitch. Using a 10-session pseudoword-picture association training paradigm, we compared the learning performance of musicians and non-musicians who either spoke a non-tone language, spoke one tone language, or spoke two tone languages. Among the non-tone language speakers, we found that musicians showed enhanced learning of novel lexical pitch as compared to non-musicians. In comparison, among the tone-language speakers, we found no significant difference in the learning performance of musicians and non-musicians no matter they spoke one or more tone languages. We conclude that though musical experience facilitates linguistic pitch learning, the effects of combination of musical and linguistic pitch experience are not additive i.e. possessing both types of pitch experience is no better than possessing either one of them and knowing two tone languages does not facilitate the learning of a new tone language beyond the knowledge of one.
All Author(s) ListAkshay Raj Maggu, Patrick C. M. Wong, Hanjun Liu, Francis C. K. Wong
Name of Conference19th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication, INTERSPEECH 2018
Start Date of Conference02/09/2018
End Date of Conference06/09/2018
Place of ConferenceHyderabad
Country/Region of ConferenceIndia
Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
Year2018
Month9
Pages3791 - 3794
ISSN2308-457X
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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