Professor Matthew Gordon and graduate student Joseph Brooks discussing a poster at a conference.Research on prosody in the UCSB Linguistics Department encompasses diverse topics in a broad cross-section of languages. Faculty and students are engaged in work on intonation, stress, tone, timing, constituency, and other prosodic properties of oral communication. Researchers also examine the prosody of signed languages as well as the relationship between prosody and embodied communication such as gesture. The department has a special strength in the study of prosody in naturally occurring discourse. Emphasis is placed on instrumental studies to provide a rigorous empirical basis for the typological study of prosody.

Core Faculty

Matthew GordonArgyro KatsikaMarianne Mithun


Linguistics 206: Introduction to Phonetics
Linguistics 211: Introduction to Phonology
Linguistics 212: Discourse Transcription
Linguistics 213: Experimental Phonetics
Linguistics 214: Discourse
Linguistics 220: Prosody
Linguistics 235: Advanced Phonology
Linguistics 251A-B: Seminar in Phonetics and Phonology