SPRINT Project Goals

What do we hope to achieve?

The main goal of SPRINT is to understand the form and function of intonation by looking in detail into a number of phenomena across four linguistic varieties.

FORM

UNDERSTAND

MODEL

DEVELOP

In terms of form, SPRINT focuses on the sources and extent of variability. The aim is to understand phonetic variability, model it successfully, and develop a phonological theory of the representation of intonation taking into consideration both production and perception.

FUNCTION

PRAGMATICS

INTONATION

In terms of function, the ultimate goal of SPRINT is to develop a model of intonational pragmatics that rests both on pragmatic theory and and insights from the form of intonation.