Comment: The Next Frontier: Prosody Research Gets Interpersonal

Marc D. Pell*, Sonja A. Kotz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Neurocognitive models (e.g., Schirmer & Kotz, 2006) have helped to characterize how listeners incrementally derive meaning from vocal expressions of emotion in spoken language, what neural mechanisms are involved at different processing stages, and their relative time course. But how can these insights be applied to communicative situations in which prosody serves a predominantly interpersonal function? This comment examines recent data highlighting the dynamic interplay of prosody and language, when vocal attributes serve the sociopragmatic goals of the speaker or reveal interpersonal information that listeners use to construct a mental representation of what is being communicated. Our comment serves as a beacon to researchers interested in how the neurocognitive system “makes sense” of socioemotive aspects of prosody.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalEmotion Review
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • emotion processing
  • pragmatics
  • social context
  • speech
  • vocal expression
  • EMOTIONAL PROSODY
  • NEURAL RESPONSES
  • RIGHT-HEMISPHERE
  • TIME-COURSE
  • SPEAKER
  • LANGUAGE
  • SPEECH
  • EXPRESSIONS
  • INTEGRATION
  • PERCEPTION

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