Prosody in Language Understanding, Speech, and Hearing

Overview: The goal of the PLUSH lab is to investigate how children and adults perceive and process prosody.

Facilities: (under construction)

People: This laboratory is directed by Dr. Kara Hawthorne. Collaborators include Dr. Susan Loveall (University of Mississippi), Dr. Jessamyn Schertz (University of Toronto), and Dr. Stephanie Miller (University of Mississippi).

Lab website:

Selected Publications and Presentations 

Hawthorne, K. (2018). Prosodic bootstrapping using noise-vocoded speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Schertz, J. & Hawthorne, K. (2018). The effect of sentential context on phonetic categorization is modulated by talker accent and exposure. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Hawthorne, K., Jarvikivi, J., & Tucker, B.V. (2018). The impacts of regional accent on word segmentation. Journal of Phonetics.

Hawthorne, K., Arnold, A., Sullivan, E., & Järvikivi, J. (2016). Social cues modulate cognitive status of discourse referents. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Hawthorne, K., Rudat, L., & Gerken, L.A. (2016). Prosody and the acquisition of hierarchical structure in toddlers and adults. Infancy, 21(5), 603-624.

Hawthorne, K., Mazuka, R., & Gerken, L.A. (2015). The acoustic salience of prosody trumps infants' acquired knowledge of language-specific prosodic patterns. Journal of Memory and Language.

Hawthorne, K. & Gerken, L.A. (2014). From pauses to clauses: Prosody facilitates learning of syntactic constituency. Cognition, 133(2), 420-428.