Prosody relates to the elements of speech, such as intonation, pitch, rhythm, stress and tempo. It plays a meaningful role in everyday conversation, both pragmatic and social. It can be formative in the construction of identity – gender, sexuality, regional, national and cultural background – and as such is relevant to research in any field that seeks to explore the manifestation of social meaning.
The workshop will include hands-on demonstration and methods-focused research presentations by an international group of eight leading academics. They work with prosody in a variety of ways both within the field of linguistics (including interactions with discourse) and interdisciplinarily (e.g. psychology and emotions). Teaching will start from the basics, from what is prosody and how it can be analysed – and will proceed to cover pitch, rhythm, intonation (with ToBI and scripts) and quantitative analysis. You will also learn how to use specialist software (Praat; R/R Studio) with real data.
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* attendance is free, inclusive of light refreshments