The syllable as the proximate unit in Mandarin Chinese word production: An intrinsic or accidental property of the production system?

Train Min Chen*, Jenn Yeu Chen

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

39 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

Previous word production research employing the implicit-priming paradigm has shown that speakers can benefit from advance knowledge of the initial word form of the word to be produced. In Dutch and English, a single onset segment is sufficient to produce the benefit, but a complete syllable (without the tone) is required in Mandarin Chinese. These findings have been interpreted as suggesting language-dependent proximate units for word-form encoding, which are intrinsic to a language-specific system. Nonetheless, the absence of a segment effect in Mandarin Chinese might have to do with the orthographic characteristics of the prompts, which are syllable-based and could have motivated the production system to place more emphasis on the syllable than on the segment. Two experiments were conducted to test this hypothesis. In Experiment 1, we employed the implicit-priming paradigm with both spoken and written prompts, and in Experiment 2 we adopted a picture version of this paradigm. Spoken prompts are less likely to encourage an orthographically induced syllable bias, and picture naming involves no prompts, leaving no room for any syllable bias that prompts might induce. The results from both experiments showed syllable preparation effects but no segment preparation effects, regardless of whether prompts were written, spoken, or absent. These findings suggest that the syllable as the proximate unit in Mandarin Chinese word production is an intrinsic, and not an accidental or task-dependent, property of the production system.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)154-162
頁數9
期刊Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
20
發行號1
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 實驗與認知心理學
  • 發展與教育心理學
  • 藝術與人文(雜項)

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