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Mariapaola D’Imperio

Distinguished Professor

I am currently Distinguished Professor at the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University (since 2019).


After being head of the Prosody Group at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage (UMR 7309, CNRS) in Aix-en-Provence, France, where I was Professor from 2006 to 2018, I am now head of the Prosody Lab at the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) at Rutgers. I have been partially funded by the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, I serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Phonetics and since 2018 I am President of the Association for Laboratory Phonology.


My main research interests span from intonational phonology to prosody production and perception in Italian and French, and are couched within Laboratory Phonology in general. More recently, my work has expanded to online measures of intonation processing (ERP, Eye tracking), the relation between musical skills and word learning and the impact of individual cognitive differences , as well as prosody and gesture acquisition in French and Italian preschoolers.




  • “Prosodic systems: Southern Europe, France, Italy, Malta, Albania, Greece (excl. Basque, Iberia, the Balkans)” (Chapitre 17)., D’Imperio, M., Baltazani, M., Gili Fivela, B., Post, B. & Vella, A., IN PRESS

  • “L’intonazione delle narrazioni di bambini ed adulti italiani: un’analisi all’interno dell’approccio autosegmentale metrico”., D’Imperio, M., Zanchi, P., Zampini, L. & Fasolo, M. , IN PRESS

Awards & Distinctions

  • Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France


  • Academic Excellence

    Aix-Marseille Universite (yearly allowance) 2008-

  • Ameritech/Presidential Dissertation Fellowship

    Ohio State University and Ameritech 2000

  • Universiteits Fonds Eindhoven Fellowship

    Institut of Perceptual Research, Netherlands 1999

  • Fullbright Scholarship

    USIS-Italy, 1 year full scholarship, insurance coverage during PhD 1994-1999

  • "Franco Ferrero" prize

    Best paper presented by a student 1994

  • Best Undergraduate thesis award

    AIA (Italian Acoustics Association) 1993


  • Language and Cognition
  • Undergraduate Phonetics
  • Graduate Phonetics
  • Advanced Seminar in Prosody