Prosody: structures, interfaces, contact

Level

PhD students in linguistics with a background in phonetics and phonology. Knowledge of basic acoustic phonetics, as well as some familiarity with Romance languages and Latin, is a plus.

No foreknowledge of advanced phonology or prosody is expected. 

Organising & Scientific Committee

- Prof. Dr. Claudia Crocco (Ghent University, Dept. of Linguistics, OG DiaLing)
- Prof. Dr. Anne Breitbarth (Ghent University, Dept. of Linguistics, OG DiaLing)
- Prof. Dr. Anne Catherine Simon (Institut Langage & Communication - Centre de recherche VALIBEL, UCLouvain)
- Prof. Dr. Karen Lahousse (OG Functionele en Cognitieve Taalkunde: Grammatica en Typologie, KULeuven)
- Prof. Dr.  Michèle Goyens (OG Kwantitatieve Lexicologie en Variatielinguïstiek, KULeuven)
- Prof. Dr. Kristin Davidse (OG Functionele en Cognitieve Taalkunde: Grammatica en Typologie, KULeuven)
- Prof. Dr. Dieter Vermandere (Vakgroep taalkunde, UAntwerpen

Inter-university partnership with:

- UAntwerpen: Prof. Dr. Dieter Vermandere (Vakgroep Taalkunde, UAntwerpen)

- KUleuven: Prof. Dr. Karen Lahousse (Onderzoeksgroep Functionele en Cognitieve Taalkunde: Grammatica en Typologie (FunC), KULeuven), Prof. Dr.  Michèle Goyens (Onderzoeksgroep Kwantitatieve Lexicologie en Variatielinguïstiek (QLVL), KULeuven), Prof. Dr. Kristin Davidse (Onderzoeksgroep Functionele en Cognitieve Taalkunde: Grammatica en Typologie (FunC), KULeuven)
- UCLouvain: Prof. Dr. Anne-Catherine Simon (Institut Langage & Communication - Centre de recherche VALIBEL, UCLouvain)

Abstract

This course focuses on prosody as a part of the linguistic structure and as a crucial resource in spoken communication. While adopting a perspective integrating theoretical approaches and empirical observation, by covering topics such as prosodic categories and structures, and analysing their variable phonetic implementation, the course also examines prosodic phenomena from a number of specific angles. The course explores (a) the relationship between prosody and other linguistic levels within a linguistic system, focusing on the interface phenomena linking prosody, syntax and pragmatics; (b) the phenomena of prosodic contact between different languages, zooming on the specific cases of bilinguals and heritage language speakers; and  (c) the role of prosody as a factor in language change, a theme positing specific methodological challenges. These topics will be approached with most recent theoretical advances in the field and – where relevant – with up-to-date laboratory tools.

Objectives

This doctoral training offers students important insights in a key feature of spoken language while providing them with the necessary skills to approach prosodic phenomena in their doctoral research. The course aims to provide intensive training for doctoral students with a background in synchronic as well as diachronic linguistics. Each module consists of lectures, complimented by seminars requiring active student participation, including text readings, discussions, and analysis of linguistic datasets using speech analysis software. In more detail, the course aims to:
(1) enhance students’ understanding of the structural position of prosodic phenomena in language;
(2) provide students with knowledge of recent developments in theoretical linguistics concerning topics such as intonation, prominence and prosodic structure;
(3) improve students’ analysis skills of spoken data, focusing on datasets used in their own research.
Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on instructing the students how to approach prosodic phenomena, with the help of preparatory readings and active discussions. A crucial feature is the integration of a theory-oriented perspective with laboratory techniques for speech analysis, in the vein of the Laboratory phonology approach. The PhD students will be taught how to practically apply the theory and methods of analysis seen during the lecture to their own datasets.

Lecturers

  • Prof. Claudia Crocco is Associate professor of Italian linguistics at Ghent University where he has been a faculty member since 2006. She completed her Ph.D. in General linguistics (2004) and her MA in Classical languages (1999) at the University of Naples Federico II. Before joining Ghent University, she was post-doctoral researcher at the Universities of Antwerp (2004) and Salerno (2005), and visiting professor of phonetics at the University of Macerata (2004). Her field of expertise is prosody, with a focus on intonational phonology of the Italian variety, and the syntax-prosody interface.
  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Ingo Feldhausen is a researcher and lecturer in the Romance Department of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. He obtained his “habilitation” in 2015 with a thesis on the intonation of left-dislocations in Spanish. He had previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Paris 3 and Paris 7. He is the author of "Sentential Form and Prosodic Structure of Catalan" (2010; John Benjamins). His research focuses a.o. on Prosodic phonology, Information Structure, and Syntax-Phonology interface in Romance.
  • Prof. Michele Loporcaro is Full Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Zürich. After completing his “Perfezionamento” (PhD) at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (1990), he held permanent and visiting positions in Europe and USA, in addition to visiting fellowships in Oxford (2012), Berlin (2013-14) and New York(2017). In 2012, he received the Antonio Feltrinelli prize for his work in Italian Linguistics. He is the author of “Vowel Length from Latin to Romance” (OUP 2015), in which he provides a complete picture of the story of Romance vowel length on historical, geographic and typological grounds
  • Prof. Gili Fivela is a Faculty Member at the University of Salento since 2001. She is the Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Language (CRIL, since 2007) and the president of the Italian Association of Voice Sciences (AISV - ISCA Special Interest Group, since 2019). In 1998 she obtained her PhD (“Perfezionamento”) at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, specializing in the phonetic-phonological study of prosody. Since 1998 prof. Gili Fivela has been involved as P.I., Co-I. and researcher in several national and international research projects on speech.

Dates and Programme

From 23 January 2020 (Thu) to 24 April 2020 (Fri)

Date Time Venue Lecturers Subject
Thu 23 January 2020 9h30 - 17h00 (lunch break from 12h00-13h30) Blandijnberg 2, Faculty board room (1st fl) Prof. Dr Claudia Crocco - Rhythm and Intonation - Acoustic properties of speech
- Prosodic categories and annotation
Fri 24 January 2020 9h30 - 13h00 idem Prof. Dr Claudia Crocco Practice
Thu 20 February 2020 9h30 - 17h00 (lunch break from 12h00-13h30) Blandijnberg 2, Faculty board room (1st fl) Prof. Dr. Ingo Feldhausen - Prosody and information structure
- The syntax-prosody interfac
Fri 21 February 2020 9h30 - 13h00 idem Prof. Dr. Ingo Feldhausen Practice
Thu 26 March 2020 9h30 - 17h00 (lunch break from 12h00-13h30) Blandijnberg 2, meeting room 'Camelot' (3rd fl) Prof. Dr. Michele Loporcaro - Prosody in diachrony: problems
- Quantity, vowels and syllables in diachrony
Fri 27 March 2020 9h30 - 13h00 idem Prof. Dr. Michele Loporcaro Practice
Thu 23 April 2020 9h30 - 17h00 (lunch break from 12h00-13h30) Blandijnberg 2, Faculty board room (1st fl) Prof. Dr. Barbara Gili Fivela - Prosody in adult bilingual and heritage language speakers;  
- Prosody and intelligibility in L2
Fri 24 April 2020 9h30 - 13h00 idem Prof. Dr. Barbara Gili Fivela Practice

 

Venue

Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2 (rooms see table)

Registration fee

Free of charge for members of Ghent University Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law

Registration

For PhD students of 'École doctorale en lettres, langues et traductologie' see webpage FNRS: http://www.langues-et-lettres.frs-fnrs.be/index.php/formation-doctorale/seminaires-interuniversitaires/155-doctoral-schools-specialist-course-prosody-structures-interfaces-contact?date=2020-01-23-09-30

Number of participants

Maximum 8 PhD students Ghent University

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance and participation