Doctoraatsonderzoek Kevin Bormans: How to visualize prosody to help children read aloud with more expression.

Beginning readers often struggle with reading aloud in a fluent, expressive manner. Reading

fluency is not only defined by speed and accuracy but also by proper expression and the

naturalness of reading. These tonal phenomena of phonological constraints are part of prosody.

This project will explore whether it is possible to visualize prosody in type and how this can help

children with reading aloud.

In a first design phase of this research design experiments will investigate manners to visualize

prosody in the context of existing typefaces. Prosody can be defined as the rhythm, stress and the

intonation of speech. Speech has three main components: pitch, loudness and duration (like a

melody). These cues serve as sources of inspiration to compose three new design parameters in

the context of real typefaces. In the empirical phase of this project the influence of manipulating

these parameters will be studied (both an actual and perceived legibility study).

In the second design phase a large typeface family will be designed, combining the results of the

first study and the actual practice of designing typefaces. In addition to this design output the

results will be translated to guidelines for innovative ways of incorporating visual prosody within

the design of typefaces for both beginning readers and readers struggling with reading.

Project informatie

prof. dr. Bert Willems & dr. Ann Bessemans
Lopend project
IWETO code:
  • H 315 Esthetica
Startdatum – einddatum:
0,67 VTE (0,42 PXL-BAM - 0,25 BOF-UH)
5/DWO/2007/11/B011 / via UHasselt
0,67 VTE (0,42 PXL-BAM - 0,25 BOF-UH)