ERP correlates of language-specific processing of auditory pitch feedback during self-vocalization

Zhaocong Chen, Peng Liu, Emily Q. Wang, Chuck Larson, Dongfeng Huang, Hanjun Liu*

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The present study investigated whether the neural correlates for auditory feedback control of vocal pitch can be shaped by tone language experience. Event-related potentials (P2/N1) were recorded from adult native speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese who heard their voice auditory feedback shifted in pitch by -50, -100, -200, or -500. cents when they sustained the vowel sound /u/. Cantonese speakers produced larger P2 amplitudes to -200 or -500. cents stimuli than Mandarin speakers, but this language effect failed to reach significance in the case of -50 or -100. cents. Moreover, Mandarin speakers produced shorter N1 latencies over the left hemisphere than the right hemisphere, whereas Cantonese speakers did not. These findings demonstrate that neural processing of auditory pitch feedback in vocal motor control is subject to language-dependent neural plasticity, suggesting that cortical mechanisms of auditory-vocal integration can be shaped by tone language experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012



  • Auditory feedback
  • Auditory-vocal integration
  • Event-related potentials
  • Language experience
  • Vocal pitch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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