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Research on English Intonation




QI: MIT Quest for Intelligence

Faculty Supervisor:

Edward Flemming

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Apply by:

September 11 2020


Please send your resume or CV to dfwu@mit.edu.

Project Description

When we speak, we communicate an enormous amount of information not only in the words we say, but also by how we say them. This is what we study in the young field of prosody (how a sentence is pronounced), a subfield of linguistics. This project investigates the interaction between prosody and meaning, and bridges current linguistic theory with empirical work. Your work will involve (i) segmenting and annotating speech recordings, (ii) making generalizations about speech recordings, ad (iii) data entering and assisting with interpretation. The UROP's main goals will be: engagement with cutting edge theoretical developments in intonation and prosody, and acquiring hands-on experience processing sound data. Wellesley Students are welcome and encouraged to apply. This project can offer pay or credit to the UROP.


There are no pre-requisites for this UROP assignment. ToBI transcription skills are preferred but not required. All the knowledge required for this project will be provided through training by the supervisor. Work hours are 5-10 hours every week, including an initial training (5-10 hours). All the work can be done remotely.