Prosody and the lexicon
A general interest of our lab is the prosody-lexicon interface and what these interactions tell us about speech planning and cognitive processing of speech. For this specific project, we examine whether prosodic considerations play a role in lexical selection and integration. In other words, we assess the question whether the words we choose and where we place them depend on their prosodic consequences. To this end, we investigate lexical durations in the Santa Barbara Corpus (SBC) of American English, a prosodically segmented corpus of naturally occurring speech.
- Lester, N. & Katsika, A. 2023. The syntactic parts of nouns shape their prosodic future: lexico-syntactic effects on position and duration. Language and Speech, doi:10.1177/00238309231177884.
We have also presented aspects of this work at:
- Lester, N. & Katsika, A. 2019. The relationship between syntactic distributions and prosodic position (with Nicholas Lester). Meaning in Flux 2019, 10-12 October 2012, New Haven, CT.
- Lester, N. & Katsika, A. 2019. The interplay between lexico-syntactic information and prosodic structure. The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, 3-6 January 2019, New York City, NY.