From: Keetje van den Heuvel <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Experiments on the modular nature of word and sentence phonology in Chinese Broca's patients: Liang
Title: Experiments on the modular nature of word and sentence phonology
in Chinese Broca's patients
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke
Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl
Author: Jie Liang, Leiden Center for Linguistics (ULCL)
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328001 Pages: 204 Price: Europe EURO 22.12
This book investigates the effects of brain lesions in the left hemisphere,
specifically Broca's area, on the production and perception of vowels, of
word tones and of the linguistic use of sentence melody. We aimed to test
how and to what extent Beijing aphasic patients process Chinese word tones
and sentence melody (question versus statement intonation) relative to
healthy Beijing speakers and relative to learners of Beijing dialect with
(Nantong, Changsha) and without (Uygur) a tone language as their native tongue.
The main question is whether in the architecture of the brain word tones
are closer to the segmental structure of the words (i.e. the vowels and
consonants) - given that both segments and word tones are lexical
properties - or to the sentence melody - on the strength of the argument
that word tones and sentence melody share a tonal representation. A
subsidiary question is to what extent the mental representation of the word
tones in a tone language (such as Beijing, a dialect which is very close to
standard Mandarin) in the brain of Broca's aphasic patients is comparable
to that of speakers of Beijing dialect as a second language.
The results indicate that word tones are represented separately from the
segmental structure and from sentence melody. Moreover, the mental
representation of the tones in the patients is defective in a way that
resembles the deficit of a second-language speaker.
This study is of interest to neurolinguists, phonologists and phoneticians.
Available free online
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
Written In: English (eng )
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