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prosody.lab and the McGill speech learning lab now share a CFI-funded eye-tracking lab with a sound booth, an eyelink 2000 remote desktop eye-tracker and a positivescience free-view eye-tracker. Check out our short clip from our demonstration at this year’s convocation (this is the first time we used it after our trainging session, so probably we […]
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daniel büring at mcgill

Daniel Büring will be visiting McGill Linguistics this weekend for etap and stay on for a couple of days afterwards, funded by the McGill Syntactic Interfaces Research Group. Here’s the ABC of his visit: A. Invited Talk at ETAP2: Saturday, September 24 9:00-9:30am New Residence, Ballroom B (directions) Daniel Büring: Correspondence at the Syntax–Phonology Interface […]
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The second conference on Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody is taking place this weekend at McGill University. Check out the conference program. If you’d like to participate, please register here.
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prosody.lab at cuny

prosody.lab-related posters at cuny: Hyekyung Hwang, Michael Wagner and Karsten Steinhauer: On word order, prosody, and focus. [abstract] Efrat Pauker, Michael Wagner, Meghan Clayards, Hyekyung Hwang, Shari Baum and Karsten Steinhauer: Relative prosodic boundary strength and syntactic ambiguity resolution. [abstract] Andrea Santi, Nino Grillo, Yosef Grodzinsky and Michael Wagner: Planned Production and Self-Paced Reading of […]
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two new articles online

Michael Wagner and Katherine McCurdy. 2010. Poetic rhyme reflects cross-linguistic differences in information structure. Cognition 117. 166–175. [doi] [preprint] Identical rhymes (right/write, attire/retire) are considered satisfactory and even artistic in French poetry but are considered unsatisfactory in English. This has been a consistent generalization over the course of centuries, a surprising fact given that other […]
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paper on rhyme

Something everyone seems to have intuitions about is: What types of rhyme sound good? What types of rhyme sound bad? One particular type of rhyme, called ‘identity rhyme’ (write/right, to bear, a bear), is licit in French but quite poor in English (So poor indeed that King James proscribed the use of identity rhymes in […]
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florian jaeger and dave embick at mcgill

Florian Jaeger will give an invited lecture for the CRLMB consisting of two mini-talks this Monday, May 3rd, as part of the WOMM! Statistics workshop on logit mixed models. Titles: “Efficiency in production: How speakers design their utterances to distribute information uniformly” and “Syntax in flux: Syntactic adaptation in adults.” The lecture is open to […]
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womm! 2010

Workshop on Mixed Models on May 3rd and May 4th 2010 [The slides from the workshop are now posted on Florian’s blog. Thanks everyone who participated for making this an interesting event!] The gripp reading group at McGill and the CRLMB are organizing a statistics workshop on logit mixed models. The workshop will feature lectures […]
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paper on association with focus

Wagner, M. , M. Breen, E. Flemming, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel & E. Gibson (2010). Prosodic Effects of Discourse Salience and Association with Focus. To be presented at Speech prosody. Three factors that have been argued to influence the prosody of an utterance are (i) which constituents encode discourse-salient information; (ii) which constituents are contrastive and evoke […]
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paper on relative boundary strength

Here’s the revised version of our paper on gradient boundary strength and disambiguation, soon to be presented at speech prosody: Wagner, Michael & Serena Crivellaro: Relative Prosodic Boundary Strength and Prior Bias in Disambiguation Abstract: Previous research found that the relative rather than the absolute size of prosodic boundaries is crucial in disambiguating attachment ambiguities […]
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