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NOTÍCIES We would like to welcome to our group Celia Gorba as a Margarita Salas postdoc and Sara Coego as an FI PhD student! Congratulations to you and to our recently graduated group members Florence Baills, Peng Li and Ingrid Vilà-Giménez for being awarded postdoctoral fellowships in Cologne (Florence), Oslo (Peng), and Girona (Ingrid)! Please note that we have just launched the Oralitat webpage! Click here for more information:

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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)


1 short-time research assistant (PSR) in relation to the Plan Nacional (MinCiencia). Suproject: The acquisition of multimodal Information Structure in the preschool years (3- to 6-year old children).

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Language acquisition

Required Language(s): Fluent Catalan

Brief description of the position: The candidate will pass standardized tests of linguistic and cognitive competence (CELF-preescholar, CELF-5, NEPSY-II) in the corresponding schools.

Expected time: between 4 and 5 hours every morning, from February to March 2023.

Contact:, or


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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Dilluns 12 de desembre de 2022, a les 12:30 PM
Seminari del Grup d'Estudis de Prosòdia – Centre d’Estudis LSC
Títol: The multimodal prosodic marking of contrast in French and French Belgian Sign Language (LSFB)
Presentació a càrrec de: Clara Lombart (UNamur and UMons) · Resum
Lloc:  Universitat Pompeu Fabra, C. Roc Boronat 138, aula 52.737

Divendres, 16 de desembre de 2022, de 9:00 AM a 18:30 PM
Ph.D. Defense
Presentació a càrrec de: Patrick Louis Rohrer
Títol: A temporal and pragmatic analysis of gesture-speech association: A corpus-based approach using the novel MultiModal MultiDimensional (M3D) labeling system
Lloc:  Universitat Pompeu Fabra, C. Roc Boronat 138, sala 55.309

MMSYM: 1st International Multimodal Communication Symposium
The conference will be held at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) on 26-27-28 April 2023. Check it out here: MMSYM 2023 


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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