This research was supported by the General Research Fund of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Research Grants Council (CUHK: 451811) to Catherine McBride. We would like to thank the three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier version of this article. We also thank all helpers on the data collection, and children and parents for their participation.
Segmental and suprasegmental features in speech perception in Cantonese-speaking second graders: An ERP study
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2014
Copyright © 2014 Society for Psychophysiological Research
Volume 51, Issue 11, pages 1158–1168, November 2014
How to Cite
Tong, X., McBride, C., Lee, C.-Y., Zhang, J., Shuai, L., Maurer, U. and Chung, K. K. H. (2014), Segmental and suprasegmental features in speech perception in Cantonese-speaking second graders: An ERP study. Psychophysiology, 51: 1158–1168. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12257
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Received: 23 OCT 2013
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Research Grants Council. Grant Number: 451811
- Speech perception;
Using a multiple-deviant oddball paradigm, this study examined second graders' brain responses to Cantonese speech. We aimed to address the question of whether a change in a consonant or lexical tone could be automatically detected by children. We measured auditory mismatch responses to place of articulation and voice onset time (VOT), reflecting segmental perception, as well as Cantonese lexical tones including level tone and contour tone, reflecting suprasegmental perception. The data showed that robust mismatch negativities (MMNs) were elicited by all deviants in the time window of 300–500 ms in second graders. Moreover, relative to the standard stimuli, the VOT deviant elicited a robust positive mismatch response, and the level tone deviant elicited a significant MMN in the time window of 150–300 ms. The findings suggest that Hong Kong second graders were sensitive to neural discriminations of speech sounds both at the segmental and suprasegmental levels.