A paper by Jelena Krivokapic recently appeared online in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Jelena's paper presents a review of the research on prosodic boundaries, and the role that these boundaries play in the speech planning. She also explores the possibility that prosodic boundaries may be correlated not only to traditional prosodic markers in speech, but also to manual and head movements. Jelena's paper appeared in a special theme issue of the Transactions on "Communicative rhythms in brain and behaviour". The issues was compiled and edited by compiled and edited by Rachel Smith, Tamara Rathcke, Fred Cummins, Katie Overy and Sophie Scott.
Krivokapic, Jelena. (2014) Gestural coordination at prosodic boundaries and its role for prosodic structure and speech planning processes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. [DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0397].
Prosodic structure is a grammatical component that serves multiple functions in the production, comprehension and acquisition of language. Prosodic boundaries are critical for the understanding of the nature of the prosodic structure of language, and important progress has been made in the past decades in illuminating their properties. We first review recent prosodic boundary research from the point of view of gestural coordination. We then go on to tie in this work to questions of speech planning and manual and head movement. We conclude with an outline of a new direction of research which is needed for a full understanding of prosodic boundaries and their role in the speech production process.