Speech Prosody 2008
This paper presents a dichotic listening experiment on the perception of Mandarin tones under clean and noisy conditions. We examine the enhancing role of noise on the lateralization patterns of tones. We discover that the lateralization patterns of different tones are inconsistent: the perception of tone 1 exhibits a left ear advantage, while that of tone 2 or tone 4 has a right ear advantage. These different lateralization patterns may result from different tone features and the fast or slow change of the tone pitch. Moreover, a gender difference in tone perception is detected in our experimental results.
Bibliographic reference. Shuai, Lan / Wang, William S.-Y. (2008): "Tone lateralization under noisy conditions", In SP-2008, 751-754.