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The hemispheric processing of Mandarin tones by native and nonnative listeners was
examined using the dichotic listening paradigm. Twenty American listeners with no tone
language background as well as twenty Chinese listeners were asked to identify the
dichotically presented tone pairs by indicating which tone they heard in each ear.
These results indicated that Mandarin tones are predominantly processed in the left hemisphere by native speakers, suggesting that left hemisphere lateralization of tone may be more language-universal than was previously recognized.