prosody

Learning to anticipate contrast with prosody: A visual world study with L2 learners

Investigating sound and structure in concert: A pupillometry study of relative clause attachment

Listeners must integrate multiple sources of information to construct an interpretation of a sentence. We concentrate here on the alignment of prosodic and syntactic grouping during online sentence comprehension. We present the results from a …

L2 adaptation to uninformative prosody during structural analysis: A visual world study

This study investigated how L2 learners use prosodic boundary information in processing globally ambiguous sentences such as The boy will see the tiger with the binoculars. It was also examined whether structural analysis in L2 is affected when …

Effect of partial quotation and transparent free relatives on perspective shift

Perspective shift allows speakers to utter content they may not fully endorse. We explore the interpretation of perspective shifting expressions with a study on Transparent Free Relatives (Allen poured [what (is called/he calls) a beergarita]) and …

Investigating sound and structure in concert: A pupillometry study of relative clause attachment

Listeners must integrate multiple sources of information to construct an interpretation of a sentence. We concentrate here on the alignment of prosodic and syntactic grouping during online sentence comprehension. We present the results from a …

Listeners' beliefs influence prosodic adaptation: Anticipatory use of contrastive accent during visual search

This study tested whether listeners adapt to speaker-specific prosody in anticipatory processing, and, if so, whether adaptation is modulated by belief about the speaker’s intention. In three visual-world eye-tracking experiments, we compared how …

Listeners’ beliefs about the speaker and adaptation to the deviant use of prosody

Three visual-world eye-tracking experiments investigated how listeners responded to proper conventional (Exp.1) and unconventional (Exp.2-3) uses of contrastive accent. Exp.1 confirmed that conventional uses of contrastive accent lead anticipatory …

Online closure mismatches between prosody and syntax: A pupillometry study

Prosody-meaning mismatches in PP ambiguity: Incremental processing with pupillometry

We report the results of a pupillometry experiment on the prosodic disambiguation of PP modifier sentences. We manipulated instrument plausibility ('pen' vs. 'gun') and prosodic boundary placement, so that a prosodic boundary biased towards a …

Using pupillometry to assess prosodic alignment in language comprehension

We show that the pupillometry method, which continuously captures minute changes in pupil size, provides a natural, real-time measure sensitive to mismatches between prosodic and syntactic group- ing. Pupillometry is increasingly used as a measure of …