Pelle SöderströmResearcher, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts
Research areas and keywords
UKÄ subject classification
- General Language Studies and Linguistics
- speech processing, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, prosody, EEG, ERP, fMRI
My thesis project investigates the way in which prosody is processed in the brain, with a particular focus on the Swedish word accents. There are two word accents in Swedish: ‘accent 1’ and ‘accent 2’. In Central Swedish, accent 1 is realised as a low tone on the stressed vowel of a word, while accent 2 is realised as a high tone. Each Swedish word has a word accent and there is a productive tone-grammar association between suffixes and word accents. For example, the singular noun suffix -en attached to a word stem means that the stem will be associated with accent 1 (e.g. 'båten', 'the boat'), while the plural suffix -ar is associated with accent 2 ('båtar', 'boats'). Consequently, word accents lend themselves well to the study of prediction of grammatical structures. The tone-suffix association allows us to look more closely at how structural cues can lead to the pre-activation of material in language processing.