B01

(In)Variability in prosodic cues and their incremental use in perception, production, and interaction

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger & Prof. Dr. Outi Tuomainen & Dr. Sandra Hanne

Prosody is central to successful communication. This project focuses on, first, the facilitative role and predictive function of prosody for language processing in individuals with aphasia and investigates whether and how their sentence comprehension abilities benefit from prosodic cues. Second, we strive to predict variability in prosodic cue production from variability in using prosodic cues in perception in unimpaired individuals. Third, we will investigate the sources and limits of variability in naturalistic interactive settings in younger and elderly unimpaired individuals. Overall, our project will contribute to a better understanding of the function of prosody and its representation in the linguistic system.

in phase 1:

Prosodic cue variability: Effects on spoken language comprehension and production in different populations

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger & Dr. phil. Sandra Hanne

This project investigates the limits of intra- and inter-individual variability in the comprehension and production of prosodic cues in structurally ambiguous sentences or utterances. We aim to characterize in more depth the internal organization of the prosody-syntax-interface as part of the mental grammar and to specify neuro-cognitive models of prosody processing. Specifically, we focus on the limits of variability in prosody production and prosody comprehension using different linguistic structures (coordinate name sequences, locally/globally ambiguous sentences) in different populations (healthy young and elderly adults, individuals with left or right hemispheric brain damage).

We found a rather stable linguistic behaviour in the production of prosodic cues in coordinate name sequences, both with or without internal grouping, in younger adults: prosodic cues (i.e., pre-boundary lengthening, f0-rise, pause) are used in a relatively consistent way to mark the internal grouping of name sequences across individuals and within individuals (i.e., when talking to different interlocutors). Furthermore, all three prosodic cues seem to be relevant, none of them is used in isolation to mark the underlying syntactic structure. We conclude that prosodic cues are resistant to influences of cognitive factors (inter-individual differences) and/or social situations (intra-individual differences, e.g., when talking to different interlocutors). Our data are in line with the Proximity/Similarity-Model of Kentner & Fery (2013, The Linguistic Review). Regarding the prosodic realization and differentiation of locally ambiguous OVS and SVO sentences, we find a more variable behaviour: only some speakers use specific f0 contours to distinguish between these sentence types. Furthermore, for those speakers who used specific f0 contours to distinguish between the two sentences types, we found a high inter- and intra-individual variability with respect to the distinctive f0 contours they employed. In individuals with right- and left-hemispheric lesions, we find that both groups are impaired in the comprehension and production of prosodic cues (pre-boundary lengthening, f0-rise, pause) in coordinate sequences. In comprehension, we found both groups of participants to mainly rely on the pause cue (in line with Aasland & Baum, 2003, Brain and Language). Comprehension and production of prosodic cues were found to markedly vary between participants. Additionally, some individuals’ performance in comprehension clearly differed from their production of prosodic cues. These findings speak against clear lateralization hypotheses of prosody to either the left or right hemisphere.

Members

Chatterjee
Lahari Chatterjee
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.04
(+49) 331 977-231114
Hanne-Kloth
Dr. phil. Sandra Hanne-Kloth
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.02
(+49) 331 977-2390
Hofmann
Andrea Hofmann
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.04
(+49) 331 977-231114
Schneider
Kathleen Schneider
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.04
(+49) 331 977-231115
Tuomainen
Prof. Dr. Outi Tuomainen
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.03
(+49) 331 977-230126
Wartenburger
Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger
Campus GolmHaus 14, Raum 2.39
(+49) 331 977-2928

Publications

  • Peer-Reviewed: Papers, Journals, Books, Articles of the CRC
  • Talk or Presentation: Talks, Presentations, Posters of the CRC
  • SFB-Related: not produced in connection with the CRC, but are thematically appropriate
  • Other: Papers, Journals, Books, Articles of the CRC, but not peer-reviewed
Author(s)TitleYearPublished inLinksType
Huttenlauch, C., De Beer, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I.Production of prosodic cues in coordinate name sequences addressing varying interlocutors.2021Laboratory Phonology 12(1), 1, pp. 1–31. DOI: 10.5334/labphon.221
Peer-Reviewed
De Beer, C., Huttenlauch, C., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S. Produktion und Rezeption prosodischer Cues bei Aphasie.2020In S. Breitenstein, Ö. Yetim, J. Burmester, & T. Fritzsche (Eds.), Spektrum Patholinguistik - Weg(e) mit dem Stottern – Therapie und Selbsthilfe für Kinder und Erwachsene (Vol. 12, pp. 125-142). Potsdam: Universitätsverlag. DOI: 10.25932/publishup-46954
Other
De Beer, C.Production and comprehension of prosodic cues in coordinate structures in people with right-hemisphere lesion.2019Invited talk at the Kolloquium des Institutes für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. 23 May.Talk or Presentation
De Beer, C., Huttenlauch, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I.Prosodic cue production in coordinate structures: Influence of varying top-down information.2018Poster presented at the 2nd International Conference Prominence in Language (ICPL2), Cologne, Germany. 11 - 13 July.
Talk or Presentation
De Beer, C., Huttenlauch, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I. Inter- and Intra-individual Variability in Prosodic Cue Production.2018Paper presented at the 40. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft. AG 2 ''The relation between prosodic and referential structure''. University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. 07 - 09 March.
Talk or Presentation
De Beer, C., Huttenlauch, C., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Produktion und Rezeption prosodischer Cues bei Aphasie.2018Poster presented at the 12. Herbsttreffen Patholinguistik - Weg(e) mit dem Stottern: Therapie und Selbsthilfe für Kinder und Erwachsene, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany. 24 November.
Talk or Presentation
De Beer, C., Regenbrecht, F., Huttenlauch, C., Wartenburger, I., Obrig, H., & Hanne, S.Lateralization of prosodic processing in individuals with unilateral brain damage.2020Presented at the 26th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference (AMLaP 2020), Potsdam [online conference]. 03-05 September.
Talk or Presentation
Hanne, S., Burchert, F., & Vasishth, S.Processing of ambiguous and unambiguous morphological cues in object-verb-subject sentences: Is there an SVO-bias?2018Poster presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, USA, 15 - 17 March.
Talk or Presentation
Hansen, M.*, Aivazian, V.*, Huttenlauch, C., De Beer, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I. (*equal contribution)How Much Prosody is Needed? Perception of Prosodic Grouping in Gated Ambiguous Name Sequences.2020Poster presented at the 26th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference (AMLaP 2020), Potsdam [online conference]. 04 September.
Talk or Presentation
Huttenlauch, C., De Beer, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I.Production of prosodic cues in coordinate name sequences addressing varying interlocutors.2019Poster presented at the 15. Phonetik und Phonologie Tagung (P&P 15), Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany. 25 - 27 September.
Talk or Presentation
Huttenlauch, C., De Beer, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I.Individual (non-)variability of prosodic cue production in coordinate structures.2018Poster presented at the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP 2018), Berlin, Germany. 06 - 08 September.
Talk or Presentation
Huttenlauch, C., De Beer, C., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Interlocutor induced (non-)variability of prosodic cue production in coordinate structures.2018Poster presented at the Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody (ETAP 4), University of Massachussetts, Amherst, MA, USA. 11 - 13 October.
Talk or Presentation
Wartenburger, I.Prosodic boundary cues in spoken language perception and production.2018Invited talk at the Lecture Series Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS), University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. 09 July.Talk or Presentation
De Beer, C., Hofmann, A., Regenbrecht, F., Huttenlauch, C., Wartenburger, I., Obrig, H., & Hanne, S.Perzeption und Produktion prosodischer Cues bei Personen mit erworbener unilateraler rechts- oder linkshemishphärischer Hirnläsion.2021Paper presented at the 20. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Aphasieforschungs und -behandlung (GAB): Kommunikation - Sprache, Emotion, Kognition, 07. - 09. October, Online.Talk or Presentation
Tuomainen, O.Effortful speaking and listening in interactive speech communication in background noise.2022Invited talk at the Lunch Meeting of the Phonetic & Speech Sciences Group, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. 08 March.Talk or Presentation
Wartenburger, I.Prosodic boundary cues in spoken language comprehension and production – from infants to older adults.2021Invited talk at the Institut für Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaften und dem Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkt (NFS) „Evolving Language“, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. 01 December 2021.Talk or Presentation
Huttenlauch, C., Hansen, M., De Beer, C., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Individual variability in prosodic marking of locally ambiguous sentences.2022Poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Lisbon, Portugal. 23 - 26 May.Talk or Presentation
Huttenlauch, C., Hansen, M., De Beer, C., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Individual variability in prosodic marking of locally ambiguous sentences.2022Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Speech Prosody, 165-169 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-34
Other
Hansen, M., Huttenlauch, C., De Beer, C., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Individual Differences in Early Disambiguation of Prosodic Grouping.2022Language and Speech, 00238309221127374. DOI: 10.1177/00238309221127374
Peer-Reviewed
Tuomainen, O.Interactive speech communication in adverse listening conditions in normally hearing and hearing-impaired older adults.2022Invited talk at the Workshop on Language learning in older adults: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Essex, Colchester, UK. 23 June.Talk or Presentation
De Beer, C., Regenbrecht, F., Huttenlauch, C., Wartenburger, I., Obrig, H., & Hanne, S. Kommunikative Beeinträchtigungen bei Personen mit rechtshemisphärischer Läsion: Produktion und Verständnis von Prosodie.2021Aphasie und verwandte Gebiete, 49(1/2021), 37-51.
Peer-Reviewed
De Beer, C., Hofmann, A., Regenbrecht, F., Huttenlauch, C., Wartenburger, I., Obrig, H., & Hanne, S.Production and Comprehension of Prosodic Boundary Marking in Persons with Unilaterial Brain Lesions.2022Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1-23. DOI: 10.1044/2022_JSLHR-22-00258
Peer-Reviewed
De Beer, C., Wartenburger, I., Huttenlauch, C., & Hanne, S.A systematic review on production and comprehension of linguistic prosody in people with acquired language and communication disorders resulting from unilateral brain lesions.2023Journal of Communication Disorders, 101:106298, 1-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2022.106298
Peer-Reviewed
Tuomainen, O.Investigating speech and language in interaction.2022Invited talk at the IDEALAB Summer School, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany. 19 September.Talk or Presentation
Tuomainen, O., Taschenberger, L., Rosen, S., & Hazan, V.Clear speech adaptions: effortful speaking and listening in background noise across the lifespan.2023Invited talk at the 184th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Chicago, Illinois, USA. 8-12 May.Talk or Presentation
Tuomainen, O.Sprecher:innen im Kontakt: Wie sich Sprachen durch Kontakt und Interaktion angleichen können.2022Invited talk at the UZH-i Lecture Series “Sprache(n) und Räume: Sonderfall Schweiz?”, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. 06 October.Talk or Presentation
Yu, J., Mailhammer, R., & Cutler, A.Vocabulary structure affects word recognition: Evidence from German listeners.2020Proc. Speech Prosody 2020. DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-97
Other
Huttenlauch, C., Hansen, M., de Beer, C., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I.Age effects on linguistic prosody in coordinates produced to varying interlocutors: Comparison of younger and older speakers.2023Schubö, Fabian, Zerbian, Sabine, Hanne, Sandra & Wartenburger, Isabell (eds.). 2023. Prosodic boundary phenomena. (Studies in Laboratory Phonology 12). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7777534
Peer-Reviewed
Schubö, F., Zerbian, S., Hanne, S., & Wartenburger, I. (eds.).Prosodic boundary phenomena.2023Studies in Laboratory Phonology 12. Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7777469
Peer-Reviewed
Schneider, K., Tuomainen, O., Ries, J., Wartenburger, I.,& Hanne, S.The role of prosody in the interpretation of structual ambiguities in German.2023Poster presented at LingCologne 2023: Prediction in Language, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. 16-17 June.Talk or Presentation
Chatterjee, L., Schneider, K., Wartenburger, I., Hanne, S., Hofmann, A., & Tuomainen, O.The role of listener feedback in prosodic cue production: an interactive task.2023Poster presented at the 20th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2023), Prague, Czech Republic. 7-11 August. Talk or Presentation
Tuomainen, O., Soengadie, A., Taschenberger, L., & Hazan, V.Intelligibility of spontaneous casual speech in background noise across the lifespan.2023Poster presented at the 20th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2023), Prague, Czech Republic. 7-11 August. Talk or Presentation
Chatterjee, L., Schneider, K., Wartenburger, I., Hanne, S., Hofmann, A., & Tuomainen, O.The role of listener feedback in prosodic cue production: an interactive task.2023Radek Skarnitzl & Jan Volín (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 972–976). Guarant International.
Peer-Reviewed
Tuomainen, O., Soengadie, A., Taschenberger, L., & Hazan, V.Intelligibility of spontaneous casual speech in background noise across the lifespan.2023Radek Skarnitzl & Jan Volín (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 241–245). Guarant International.
Peer-Reviewed
Schneider, K., Tuomainen, O., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Prosodic cue use for sentence type identification in aphasia in German.2023Poster presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, University of Reading, Reading, UK. 21 - 23 October.Talk or Presentation
Tuomainen, O.Speech comprehension in background noise in normally hearing children and adolescents.2023Invited talk at the Auditory Development Workshop, Paris, France. 20 - 21 November.Talk or Presentation
Wartenburger, I.Prosodic boundary cues in spoken language comprehension and production.2023Invited talk at the Linguistics Colloquium, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany. 13 December.Talk or Presentation
Schneider, K., Tuomainen, O., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne S.Prosody can provide subtle disambiguating cues for local ambiguity resolution.2024Poster presented at the 12th International Conference of Speech Prosody, Leiden, Netherlands. 2-5 July.
Talk or Presentation
Karbanova, A., Schneider, K., & Wartenburger, I.Interrogative prosody representation in German SVO sentences. 2024Paper presented at the Symposium on “Cracking the code of the social cognition face and voice with the CLEESE Python toolbox”, 7th bi-annual Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN 2024), Ghent, Belgium. 22-24 May.Talk or Presentation
Schneider, K., Tuomainen, O., Ries, J., Wartenburger, I., & Hanne, S.Enhanced prosody adds to morpho-syntactic cues in the interpretation of structural ambiguities in German.2024Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2024.2358822
Peer-Reviewed