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NOTÍCIES The paper "Intonation and gesture as bootstrapping devices in speaker uncertainty" by I. Hübscher, N. Esteve-Gibert, A. Igualada, and P. Prieto has been chosen as the paper of 2017 in Virtual Special Issue of First Language in celebration of the journal's 40th anniversary! Congratulations!

Welcome to the webpage for the
Prosodic Studies Group (GrEP)

The Prosodic Studies Group (GrEp) is part of the Unitat de Recerca en Lingüística (UR-Ling), Department of Translation and Language Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra


To understand the role of prosody and co-speech gestures in human communication from a crosslinguistic, developmental, and cognitive perspective. Three important strands of this research include: (a) to incorporate this knowledge into semantic models of language that model the interface areas with other components; (b) to empirically investigate how humans process prosodic and gestural patterns in combination with speech; and (c) to investigate the cognitive and developmental benefits of prosody and gesture in different areas, such as first and second language acquisition, as well as communication training for language impaired and non-impaired populations. The social significance of this research topic is high, as ICT training procedures based on prosodic and gestural awareness can be proven valuable to improve language abilities in populations with neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impaired language and social interaction.   



We use an interdisciplinary approach (linguistic and psychological) and a combination of methods and techniques such as linguistic and prosodic/gestural analysis, comparative (developmental, cross-linguistic) and experimental methods such as eye-tracking and neuronal analysis techniques in collaboration with other groups.


Department of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
C\ Roc Boronat, 138, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

Contact: Pilar Prieto
pilar.prieto AT
Phone : +34 93 542 2311


Our research projects are funded by public sources including:

Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN)
Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR)
Obra Social La Caixa (RECERCAIXA)


Frota, S. & Prieto, P.
(2015). Intonation in Romance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Prieto, P. & Esteve-Gibert, N. (Eds.) (2018). The Development of Prosody in First Language AcquisitionJohn Benjamins: Amsterdam.
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Lectura de tesi doctoral

Dimarts 30 de juny, 16:00 PM

Titol: Non-referential beat gestures as a window onto the development of children's narrative abilities.
Autora: Ingrid Vilà
Director: Pilar Prieto (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Presidenta: Dra: Katharina Rohlfing (Paderborn University) Secretària: Dra. Maria Graziano (Lund University) Vocal: Dra. Seyda Özçaliskan (Georgia State University. USA)
Lloc: Podeu contactar amb nosaltres per a l'enllaç

Defenses TFM

Dilluns 6 de juliol, 12:00 AM

Titol: The effects of embodied shadowing on L2 pronunciation.
Valeria Tamburini 
Tribunal: Director: Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF) Vocal: Joan Carles Mora (UB) Presidenta: Sílvia Perpiñán (UPF)
Enllaç:; Meeting ID: 917 7621 3046

Dilluns 6 de juliol, 15:30 PM

Titol: Temporal integration of gesture and speech in narrative discourse: An insight into the development of co-speech gesture use.
Júlia Florit 
Tribunal: Director: Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF) Vocal: Alfonso Igualada (UOC) Presidenta: Sílvia Perpiñán (UPF)
Enllaç:; Meeting ID: 958 6137 1153

Dilluns 21 de setembre, 12:00 AM

Titol: Multisensory training of L2 pronunciation: The role of tactile information on phoneme acquisition.
Alev Senem Ozakin 
Tribunal: Director: Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF) Vocal: Joan Carles Mora (UB) Presidenta: Sílvia Perpiñán (UPF)


Upcoming conference

PAPE2021: Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2021. 21-23 June 2021. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Call for papers coming soon.



Intonational and gestural meaning in human languages
To advance in a prosodic transcription system for the Romance languages.

Developing standards for Prosodic Labeling: The International Prosodic Alphabet (IPrA)
To analyze the phonological function and meaning of intonational contrasts.

Audiovisual Prosody
To study the relationship between gesture, prosody, and linguistic structures.

Prosody and gesture as bootstrapping mechanisms in language development
Prosodic and gestural development and its relationship to the acquisition of meaning.

Cognitive benefits of gesture-speech semantic and temporal integration
How are gestures and prosodic structure temporally coordinated?

Cognitive processing of prosody
To determine how prosodic strategies can modify the attention and memory levels of the listener.

Prosodic and gestural communication as bootstrapping mechanisms of language development. Testing a new treatment paradigm for ASD and LI developmental disorder
To study the beneficial effects of prosody and gestures in general learning tasks, as well as first language and second language acquisition.

Before their first words (RecerCaixa Project 2014)
The aim of this project was to assess the extent to which language precursors predict the infant’s later linguistic development.

Scaffolding language: neurobiological responses to gesture-speech integration in native and second language speech
This project investigates the potential benefits of gesture-prosody integration in dealing with speech in a second language.

Geoprosody Self-learning Corpora Academics Links

Design and implementation: / Joan Borràs-Comes