The Perception of Lexical Tone in Mambila

  title={The Perception of Lexical Tone in Mambila},
  author={Bruce Connell},
  journal={Language and Speech},
  pages={163 - 182}
  • B. Connell
  • Published 2000
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Language and Speech
The issue of the perception of lexical tone has been addressed mainly through studies of Southeast Asian languages which feature phonological contour tones as well as level tones. Little attention has been paid to African languages which have, almost exclusively, only level tones. This paper examines tone perception in Mambila, a Benue- Congo language with four levellexicaltones. A categorization experiment was run to determine some of the salient aspects of the perceptual nature of these tones… Expand

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