IMS seminar aurora

Gilbert Ambrazaitis: Audiovisual prominence perception

Welcome to the weekly IMS seminar!

This week Gilbert Ambrazaitis will give a presentation on 'Audiovisual prominence perception'.


Prosodic prominence (= highlighting syllables or words in spoken language) is signaled through a combination of acoustic properties. This is well established. Likewise, there is plenty of evidence suggesting that prominent words are regularly accompanied by, and temporally aligned with, rapid movements by various part of the body (e.g., hands, the head, the eyebrows). Such gestures are often assumed to be part of the multimodal make-up of prominence production. However, the question whether and how such visible cues might contribute to prominence perception has not been addressed sufficiently in previous research yet.

In this talk I will review some existing evidence and present and discuss own preliminary results from audiovisual and audio-only prominence ratings of clips from Swedish television news readings, collected from 85 adult Swedish participants using a web-based interface.

You are welcome to join the seminar on zoom by emailing us at


Photo: 'Aurora - Connecting Senses’, Cristina Pop-Tiron & Signe Kjær Jensen

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