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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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