Our project includes four locations in the UK and in Greece, chosen because they present differences of interest within each language but also comparable phenomena across languages, allowing for both inter-dialectal and cross-linguistic study

Greater London Area

We included the Greater London Area because uptalk is considered an innovation here, while high pitch accents are typical for British English.


Athenian is the standard variety of Greek. We are investigating high accents and questions, which will be compared to the same phenomena in Corfu.


Bristol is included because uptalk routinely replaces falls in declaratives. This allows us to investigate uptalk but also raises questions about the use of high accents, typical in falling declaratives.


Corfiot Greek was selected because its inventory of high accents and its tunes for polar questions differ in systematic ways from those of Standard Greek.



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 currently based at the University of Kent but moving to Radboud University by the end of 2020.


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