Tonal identification in whispered speech


  • Ruyue Agnes Bi Massachusetts Institute of Technology



lexical tone, perceptual asymmetry, Mandarin Chinese, whispered speech, biased choice model


This project aims to examine whether, and how, non-F0 cues facilitate the identification of lexical tones. A perception experiment is designed to explicitly test the impact of duration cues for Mandarin lexical tones when F0 is absent. We take a novel approach in which the secondary cue of interest is held constant, effectively controlling the type of information listeners receive. Future studies can potentially extend this methodology to examine other relevant cues, such as temporal envelope and intensity. The contribution of this paper is twofold: first, to propose an explanation for the inconsistent conclusions drawn in the literature on tonal identification in whispered speech; second, to devise a more well-controlled study shedding light on the nature of tonal perception.




How to Cite

Bi, Ruyue Agnes. 2024. “Tonal Identification in Whispered Speech”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 9 (1): 5643.