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), with Amalia Arvaniti as PI.
The aim of the project is to integrate the investigation of intonational form and intonational meaning in order to arrive at a comprehensive understanding and modelling of the form and function of intonation. The SPRINT team will examine intonational phenomena attested in English and Greek that have vexed researchers for some time (such as uptalk in English). The investigation will involve phonetic and pragmatic analysis and modelling, followed by a series of behavioral and neurophysiological experiments. Together, these methods will shed light onto the realization, structure and function of intonation, and lead to a robust model of intonational phonology and pragmatics. The project includes funding for four post-docs; the post-docs and PI will be supported by a lab manager, postgraduate student assistants and a project manager, and will collaborate with senior staff members, Chris Cummins and Yiya Chen. SPRINT amply supports post-doc training, travel, and dissemination activities, including a number of workshops organized as part of the project.