Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am a doctoral student in General Linguistics, with a BA in Russian linguistics and an MA in General Linguistics from Lund University. My main research interests lie within the fields of neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics. I am currently working on a project investigating the interplay between prosody and grammatical structures in the brain, using electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioural measures.


About the research

My thesis project investigates the way in which prosody is processed in the brain, with a particular focus on the Swedish word accents. There are two word accents in Swedish: ‘accent 1’ and ‘accent 2’. In Central Swedish, accent 1 is realised as a low tone on the stressed vowel of a word, while accent 2 is realised as a high tone. Each Swedish word has a word accent and there is a productive tone-grammar association between suffixes and word accents. For example, the singular noun suffix -en attached to a word stem means that the stem will be associated with accent 1 (e.g. 'båten', 'the boat'), while the plural suffix -ar is associated with accent 2 ('båtar', 'boats'). Consequently, word accents lend themselves well to the study of prediction of grammatical structures. The tone-suffix association allows us to look more closely at how structural cues can lead to the pre-activation of material in language processing.


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Pelle Söderström

General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

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E-mail pelle.soderstromling.luse

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