Publications

. A typological study of vowel interactions in Basque. In: Isogloss: A journal on variation of Romance and Iberian languages, 2015.

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. A methodological proposal for the study of textsetting: the case of Basque. In: Metrics, Music and Mind. Linguistic, Metrical and Cognitive Implications in Sung Verse, Peter Lang, 2015.

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Projects

Textsetting

In songs, words and melodies are not randomly aligned. I develop computational methods to infer the alignment rules used by different languages when creating songs. I’m also interested in testing experimentally speakers’ intuitions on what constitutes a good/bad textsetting.

Sources on verse systems

Different languages create verse according to different principles (e.g. counting syllables, following a pattern of accents or tones). This project wants to facilitate cross-linguistic comparisons of versification by gathering as many bibliographical references as possible, particularly on lesser-known languages.

Final strictness in verse lines

When creating lines of poems or songs, exceptions are more common at the beginning rather than the end of lines. This is well-described for some Indo-European languages, but, does it hold for other traditions too? How do we explain this asymmetry?

Iraqw prosody and songs