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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

AIM

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.   

 

APPROACH

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.

LOCATION & CONTACTS

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

Contact: Pilar Prieto
E-mail:
pilar.prieto AT upf.edu
Phone : +34 93 542 2311

FUNDING

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)

RECENT BOOKS

Frota, Sónia and Pilar Prieto
(2015). Intonation in Romance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Events
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Dilluns 25 de juny de 2018, de 12:00 a 14:00
Assajos TFM
Lloc: Aula 52.701 - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

"Does the use of visuospatial hand gestures facilitate the learning of L2 vowel length contrasts?"
Peng Li

"Does listening to songs enhance pronunciation and word learning?"
Yuran Bu

"Does singing enhance pronunciation and word learning"
Yuhui Cheng

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Dilluns 25 de juny de 2018, de 15:00 a 17:00
Assajos defenses pla de recerca
Lloc: Aula 52.701 - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

"The benefits of temporal gesture and speech integration on first and second language processing"
Patrick Rohrer

"The benefits of music-based activities on learning pronunciation of a second language"
Yuan Zhang

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Dimarts 26 de juny de 2018, de 16:00 a 18:00
Presentació a càrrec de: Mariia Pronina
Titol: The effect of a multimodal training on enhancing children's mental state and emotion understanding
Lloc: Aula 52.701 - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

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Dimecres 27 de juny 2018

Doctoral defense and session on "Multimodal communication and pragmatic language development"
organized by the GrEP group, Department of Translation and Language Sciences, UPF

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Campus del Poblenou, room 55.410
Program                                                                              
9.30-11.30 Defense of the thesis
"Preschoolers' pragmatic development: How prosody and gesture lend a helping hand" by Iris Hübscher
11.30-12.30 Thesis defense pica pica

12.30-13.30 Judith Holler, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavious, Radboud University, the Netherlands
"Multimodal language in interaction"
13.30 Department pica pica

15.00-15.40 Aliyah Morgenstern, Sorbonne Noucelle University
"Children's multimodal grammar under construction: The example of negation
15.40-16.20 Marc Swerts, Tilburg University
"Crosscultural variation in the multimodal expression of time
16.20-17.00 Alfonso Igualada, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
"PleaseApp: Gesture-speech comprehension in children with autism spectrum disorder"
17.00-17.40 Núria Esteve-Gibert, Universitat de Barcelona
"Do children use gesture before prosody as a cue to pragmatic meaning? A study on the acquisition of information structure in French

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Dilluns 2 de juliol de 2018, de 10:00 a 12:00
Defenses TFM
Lloc: Aula (pendent de confirmació) - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

"Does the use of visuospatial hand gestures facilitate the learning of L2 vowel length contrasts?"
Peng Li
Presidenta: Dra. R. Estopà. Vocal: Dra Lorraine Baqué. Secretària: P. Prieto

"Can listening to songs help L2 pronunciation and word learning?"
Yuran Bu
Presidenta: Dra. G. Boleda. Vocal: Dr JC Mora. Secretària: P. Prieto

"Can singing enhance L2 pronunciation and word learning?"
Yuhui Cheng
Presidenta: Dra. G. Boleda. Vocal: Dr JC Mora. Secretària: P. Prieto

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Dilluns 2 de juliol de 2018, de 13:00 a 14:00
Defensa pla de recerca
Lloc: Aula (pendent de confirmació) - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

"The Benefits of Music-based Activities on Learning Pronunciation of a Second Language"
Yuan Zhang
Dr. Joan Carles Mora (UB, president tribunal), Dra. Laia Viladot (UAB, vocal),  Dra. Josefina Carrera (UB, secretària tribunal)

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Dilluns 9 de juliol de 2018, de 12:00 a 13:00
Defensa pla de recerca
Lloc: Aula (pendent de confirmació) - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

"The benefits of beat gestures in second language processing and learning"
Patrick Rohrer
Dr. Salvador Soto (UPF, president tribunal), Dra. Núria Esteve-Gibert (UB, vocal), Dra. Mireia Farrús (UPF, secretària tribunal)

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Check all the UR-Ling Seminars here.

Research

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: Optimitza.cat / Joan Borràs-Comes