IMPLICATIONAL RELATION AND PERCEPTUAL DISTINCTION: A CASE STUDY ON PLACE CONTRASTS OF FRICATIVES VS. AFFRICATES

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Abstract

A typological survey across Chinese dialects reveals that,in the [i]context,the place contrasts of dental vs. palatal affricates( i. e.,[■] and [■]) imply the place contrast of fricatives( i. e.,[■]). Assuming a connection between the implicational relation of phonological contrasts and perceptual distinction,this study examines the relative perceptual distinction of the sound pairs [■][■] and [■] through a speeded-AX discrimination experiment. The results showed that the discrimination accuracy of the[■]and [■] pairs is significantly lower than that of the [■] pair,indicating that the former two pairs are perceptually less distinct than the latter pair. The results lend support to the contention that a sound pair in the unmarked category tends to be perceptually more distinct than its counterpart in a marked category.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Phonetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

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