Voice Gender Effect on Tone Categorization and Pitch Perception

Wei Lai


Current research on Cantonese tone perception showed that listeners were able to adjust their categorization boundaries between level tones in f0 space depending on the voice gender [1]. The present study followed up on the voice gender normalization effect by replicating the tone identification experiment with an improved design, and further investigating whether the voice gender would affect the low-level pitch sensation in a parallel manner at a prelexical stage. Results from tone identification and pitch perception by Cantonese listeners showed that stimuli presented in male voices would not only give rise to identification of a higher tone, but also perception of a higher pitch, compared to stimuli of the same f0 in female voices. Moreover, the magnitude of this effect on tone identification was significantly correlated with that on pitch perception for individual Cantonese listeners. However, pitch comparison behaviors of English listeners did not show obviously different patterns under different voice gender conditions. Implications were discussed with regards to the integration of indexical cues in phonological categorization and prelexical processing, and its interaction with individual language experience.


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-21

Cite as: Lai, W. (2018) Voice Gender Effect on Tone Categorization and Pitch Perception. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 103-107, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-21.


@inproceedings{Lai2018,
  author={ Wei Lai},
  title={ Voice Gender Effect on Tone Categorization and Pitch Perception},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={103--107},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-21},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-21}
}