Verònica Crespo-Sendra's research while affiliated with University Pompeu Fabra and other places

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In Portuguese, different strategies for dealing with tune-text accommodation have been reported. However, no systematic research has been conducted exploring crucial cases of complex nuclear melodies realized in nuclear words with final stress, as in yes-no questions. Based on reading and semispontaneous data from ten regions in Brazil and eleven r...
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This study investigates the link between interrogative intonation and meaning in child-directed speech (henceforth CDS) and how this is reflected in the early development of yes-no-interrogatives of Catalan- and Spanish-speaking children. Previous research found that children before the two-word period produce several types of interrogatives and th...
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Aquest article pretén aprofundir en l’anàlisi entonativa de les oracions interrogatives absolutes informatives i les que denoten incredulitat en català. En la primera part expliquem els primers resultats geoprosòdics, els quals s’han obtingut a partir de l’anàlisi de les oracions interrogatives absolutes neutres i les interrogatives absolutes que d...
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Recently, some studies have revealed that facial gestures can play an important role in teasing out the meaning of interrogative sentence types in a particular language (Srinivasan and Massaro, 2003; Borras-Comes and Prieto, 2011; among others). However, less is known about potential cross-linguistic differences. This paper investigates the interac...
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Este estudio analiza la entonación y la función pragmática de las oraciones interrogativas del español en un corpus de habla dirigida a niños. Se analizaron prosódicamente un total de 347 oraciones interrogativas absolutas, 243 del corpus López-Ornat y Mariscal (2005) y 104 del corpus Ojea y Llinàs-Grau (2004), ambos disponibles en el sitio web CHI...
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This paper investigates the perceptual cues used by Catalan listeners to distinguish between information-seeking and incredulity yes/no questions. Two experiments examined the potential contribution of pitch height of the boundary tone and duration of the last syllable as primary cues in distinguishing sentence types. The results show that a differ...

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... Despite the close relationship between the Romance languages, Catalan learners face clear challenges in the acquisition of French prosody. Unlike French, Catalan does not have a phrasal-marked Accentual Phrase (AP) constituent (Prieto et al. 2015). In French, the AP may group together more than one lexical word plus the accompanying clitics, and it is characterized by the presence of an obligatory final pitch accent and an optional initial rise, which have a demarcative function (Delais-Roussarie et al. 2015). ...
... The reason for choosing EP as the language of analysis is that previous literature ( [15], [16], [17]) suggests that EP displays a wide range of TTA strategies that do not point towards a language-specific preference for either accommodation directions: text-to-tune or tune-to-text. As shown in [17], both types of strategies can be observed across geographical regions of Portugal: the North tending towards tune-to-text accommodations, the South tending towards text-to-tune accommodations, and the Central regions showing a transitional behavior between the two. ...
... The reason for choosing EP as the language of analysis is that previous literature ( [15], [16], [17]) suggests that EP displays a wide range of TTA strategies that do not point towards a language-specific preference for either accommodation directions: text-to-tune or tune-to-text. As shown in [17], both types of strategies can be observed across geographical regions of Portugal: the North tending towards tune-to-text accommodations, the South tending towards text-to-tune accommodations, and the Central regions showing a transitional behavior between the two. ...
... Our analysis reveals that the pitch range difference between CQs and NEQs is significant for speakers of both geographical regions. This is in line with findings from other Romance languages that equally mark non-neutral questions by a wider pitch range ([9], [10], [19] and [20]). As a basic principle, the intonational meaning of CQs is conveyed acoustically, through differences in the pitch range of the nuclear configuration. ...
... (i) inventory of intonation patterns and (ii) intonation's pitch contour and height. Studies revealed that infants' intonation production would demonstrate adult-like pitch contour before their intonation production could show adult-like pitch height (Astruc et al., 2013;Lle o & Rakow, 2011;Thorson et al., 2015). Together, prosodic development has been examined in infants, but seldom in preschool children. ...
... It should be pointed out, nonetheless, that we do not always find one-to-one mappings between form and meaning in question intonation. Prieto, Borràs-Comes, Crespo-Sendra, Thorson and Vanrell (2011) show that mutually exclusive form-to-meaning associations are not possible for a set of intonational contours in Madrid and Oviedo Spanish child-directed speech and child speech; rather, they establish general tendencies for form-meaning mappings. While there has been a great deal of theoretical interest in the semantics and pragmatics of question intonation in American English (e.g., Bartels, 1997;Gunlogson, 2003;Safarova, 2005), few studies (cf. ...
... This idea is supported by other research (Casillas & Frank, 2017;Männel & Friederici, 2010). Finally, there are cross-cultural differences in the interpretation of, and reliance on, facial expression and intonational differences in conversation (Crespo Sendra et al., 2013). This suggests that findings about multimodal integration, and the weight assigned to particular channels in one language, may not translate to other languages or cultures. ...