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