Is pitch accent necessary for comprehension by native Japanese speakers? - An ERP investigation

Katsuo Tamaoka*, Nobuhiro Saito, Sachiko Kiyama, Kalinka Timmer, Rinus G. Verdonschot

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Not unlike the tonal system in Chinese, Japanese habitually attaches pitch accents to the production of words. However, in contrast to Chinese, few homophonic word-pairs are really distinguished by pitch accents (Shibata & Shibata, 1990). This predicts that pitch accent plays a small role in lexical selection for Japanese language comprehension. The present study investigated whether native Japanese speakers necessarily use pitch accent in the processing of accent-contrasted homophonic pairs (e.g., ame [LH] for 'candy' and ame [HL] for 'rain') measuring electroencephalographic (EEG) potentials. Electrophysiological evidence (i.e., N400) was obtained when a word was semantically incorrect for a given context but not for incorrectly accented homophones. This suggests that pitch accent indeed plays a minor role when understanding Japanese.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)31-40
ページ数10
ジャーナルJournal of Neurolinguistics
27
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2014 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語学および言語
  • 認知神経科学
  • 実験心理学および認知心理学
  • 人文科学(その他)

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