The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
May 13-16, 2014

The Neurophysiology of Tone: Four Decades of Research

Patrick C. M. Wong, Mark Antoniou

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages
CUHK-Utrecht University Joint Centre for Language, Mind, and Brain
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tone processing has been used as a vehicle for investigating numerous questions concerning the neurophysiology of basic auditory perception, language, and music. Behavioral, dichotic-listening, lesion, and functional and anatomical neuroimaging studies have shed light on various debates of the neural organization of perceptual information. From our early fascination of hemispheric specialization to more recently the neurogenetics of language, the study of tone has always provided key evidence for our most current understanding of the brain. Here, we provide a historical overview of the key issues and present findings from our laboratory from the past decade that contribute to these debates.

Index Terms: lexical tone, auditory perception, neurophysiology, neurogenetics

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Wong, Patrick C. M. / Antoniou, Mark (2014): "The neurophysiology of tone: four decades of research", In TAL-2014, 199-202.