Feedback and feedforward control of prosody for the production of relative phrasal prominence

Project Description

In this project, we are interested in the neural mechanisms that allow speakers to rapidly and efficiently scale the acoustic production of relative phrasal prominence during online speech production. In phrasal prosody, the prominent, or stressed, word is produced with greater intensity, pitch range, and vowel duration than the other words in the phrase (although these acoustic parameters vary by language). This acoustic enhancement is termed phrasal prominence. Because relative phrasal prominence is reliant on the surrounding words in the phrase, I am interested in how the brain rapidly samples acoustic production through auditory feedback to adjust the motor plans for the production of the prominent word.