SPRINT Project Goals

What do we hope to achieve?

Main Goal

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.

Intonation Form

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.

Production & Perception

We are investigating both the production and perception/processing of intonation, as we contend that neither can be fully understood without the other.

Intonation Function

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. 



SPRINT is the acronym of grant ERC-ADG-835263 titled "Speech Prosody in Interaction: The form and function of intonation in human communication". SPRINT is a 5-year (2019-2024) €2,481,196 research program funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Amalia Arvaniti is the Principal Investigator. SPRINT is based at Radboud University.


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