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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

To understand the role of prosody and gesture in human communication, in language understanding and language processing. Important areas of interest include the interface between audiovisual prosody and pragmatics, the cognitive processes behind the processing of audiovisual prosody, as well as the acquisition of audiovisual prosody in L1 and L2. The primary languages under investigation are Catalan, Spanish, Occitan, English, and Sardinian.

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



Untitled Document

19 de juny de 2015,
Prosodic systems in contact: Occitan and French. Ph.D. Dissertation
Lectura de tesi doctoral
Autor: Rafèu Sichel-Bazin (UPF / UOS)
Directoras: Pilar Prieto i Trudel Meisenburg
Lloc: Universität Osnabrück


05 de juny de 2015,
Powerful and effective pronunciation instruction: how can we achieve it?
Closing speech of the Master's in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 2014-15
Isabelle Darcy (Department of Second Language Studies, Indiana University)
Lloc: aula 52.217, Campus Comunicaci-Poblenou, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


21 de maig de 2015,
UR-Ling workshop
Lloc: sala 55.309, Campus Comunicació-Poblenou, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Check all the UR-Ling Seminars here.



Romance prosody
To advance in a prosodic transcription system for the Romance languages.

Intonational Phonology in Grammar
To analyze the phonological function and meaning of intonational contrasts.

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

The Acquisition of Audiovisual Prosody and Meaning
Prosodic and gestural development and its relationship to the acquisition of meaning.

Temporal relationship between prosody and gesture
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.


Geoprosody Self-learning Acquisition Corpora Academics

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