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dr. Yiya Chen

Yiya Chen

I am a phonetician at the Leiden University Center of Lingusitics. I am interested in prosody and prosodic variation, and how our understanding of their nature may shed light on more general linguistic and psycho-linguistic theories of speech representation and processing.

I am currently involved in two projects. One project (VIDI) concerns the way prosody is employed by speakers to convey communicative intentions. We are interested in how prosodic manifestations of information structure are constrained by the characteristic sound patterns of the language and how we can accommodate these differences within a more general theory of the interaction of prosody and information structure. The other project (ERC-Starting Grant) investigates pitch variation in Chinese dialects. Our goal is to seek a cognitively plausible explanation for the representation and processing of pitch variation in tonal languages.

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