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Perception of the merging tones in Hong Kong Cantonese : preliminary data on monosyllables

  title={Perception of the merging tones in Hong Kong Cantonese : preliminary data on monosyllables},
  author={Peggy Pik Ki Mok and Peggy W. Y. Wong},
Traditionally, there are six lexical tones (T) in Cantonese, but some tone pairs appear to be merging in Hong Kong Cantonese. Some young speakers do not distinguish the two rising tones T2/T5, or the two level tones T3/T6, or the low falling and low level tones T4/T6. 16 potential mergers and 11 control subjects participated in a perception experiment with an AX discrimination task using monosyllables. Both accuracy rate and reaction time were measured. Results show that the potential mergers… 

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