Prosody Frontiers

November 19-20, Leiden University


The aim of this workshop is to bring together research on prosodic variation and the role of prosody in speech processing, as well as to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas in research on prosody. We welcome the submission of work which uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to address the role of prosodic information in production and comprehension, including individual variation and effects that can be attributed to typologically different prosodic systems. For instance, the following questions might be addressed:

  1. How are different kinds of prosodic information (e.g., lexical stress, lexical tone, phrasal pitch accent, and intonational boundary tones) represented in the mental lexicon and encoded in speech production?
  2. How do different acoustic cues contribute to the signaling of different prosodic categories? How are cues from different modalities (e.g., tonal cues and gestural cues) integrated?
  3. How do word-level prosody and higher level prosody interact in the mapping of sounds onto lexical representations?
  4. How are different types of prosodic information integrated and how do they interact with other linguistic (e.g. syntactic and semantic) and non-linguistic information in spoken language comprehension?
  5. What is the time course of prosody acquisition/attrition as first and second language?
  6. How do acquisition and attrition data shed light on brain plasticity?