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

The Group of Prosodic Studies (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)

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18 de juny de 2014, de 9.30h a 10.30h
The benefits of gesture in the foreign language  classroom: the acquisition of novel words
Olga Kushch (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Defensa del projecte de tesi
Supervisors: Carmen Pérez-Vidal (UPF) / Pilar Prieto (ICREA - UPF)
Lloc: aula 52.201, Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)
Comitè: Carme López (UPF), Carmen Muñoz (UB), Marianne Gullberg (Lund University)


18 de juny de 2014, d'11.00h a 12.00h
The value of gestures integrated together with speech in language development: Applications to speech-language pathology
Alfonso Igualada (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Defensa del projecte de tesi
Supervisors: Laura Bosch (UB) / Pilar Prieto (ICREA - UPF)
Lloc: aula 52.201, Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)
Comitè: Carmen Pérez (UPF), Ferran Pons (UB), Marianne Gullberg (Lund University)


18 de juny de 2014, de 12.30h a 14.00h
More than just handwaving: Gestures and semantic development in first and second language acquisition
Marianne Gullberg (University of Lund)
Cloenda del Màster de Lingüística Teòrica i Aplicada
Lloc: aula 55.429 (Edifici Tànger), Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

Studies of both first (L1) and second language (L2) acquisition have largely focused on the acquisition of form over meaning. Although comprehension studies indicate that language learners’ understanding is not always adult- or target-like, surprisingly little is known about the nature of the differences once forms are used in production. In this talk I will highlight what gestures can contribute to our understanding of what forms in use mean and of the development of linguistic meaning. Targeting the semantic domain of placement (e.g., put a cup on a table), I first demonstrate robust crosslinguistic differences in adult native speakers’ speech and gestures, highlighting that gestures about manual actions are modulated by language and do not necessarily imitate practical actions. Second, I show that gestures change in parallel with developing verb meaning in children and in adult L2 learners, providing details about learners’ current semantic representations. The studies support the notion that speech and gesture form an integrated system, partly decoupled from practical actions, where gestures can shed light on the process of acquisition by revealing semantic shifts. Crossmodal acquisition data have theoretical implications for the view of meaning in acquisition studies, for simplistic views of gestures as compensatory devices, and for models of speech-gesture production and coordination.


23 de juny de 2014, de 10.00h a 13.00h
Assajos per a les presentacions del workshop de prosòdia del català

Alfonso Igualada, Santi González, Iris Hübscher i Núria Esteve
Lloc: aula 52.735+737, Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)


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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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