Experimental and theoretical advances in prosody: A review

Michael Wagner, Duane G. Watson

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Research on prosody has recently become an important focus in various disciplines, including Linguistics, Psychology, and Computer Science. This article reviews recent research advances on two key issues: prosodic phrasing and prosodic prominence. Both aspects of prosody are influenced by linguistic factors such as syntactic constituent structure, semantic relations, phonological rhythm, pragmatic considerations, and also by processing factors such as the length, complexity, or predictability of linguistic material. Our review summarises recent insights into the production and perception of these two components of prosody and their grammatical underpinnings. While this review only covers a subset of a broader set of research topics on prosody in cognitive science, these topics are representative of a tendency in the field towards a more interdisciplinary approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)905-945
Number of pages41
JournalLanguage and Cognitive Processes
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2010


  • Comprehension
  • Intonation
  • Production
  • Prosody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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