Social and Linguistic Factors Conditioning the Glottal Stop in Nicaraguan Spanish

social and linguistic factors conditioning the glottal stop in nicaraguan spanish?

Social and Linguistic Factors Conditioning the Glottal Stop in Nicaraguan Spanish
Author: Whitney Chappell
Publisher: Ohio State University
Publication date: 2013
Number of pages: 301
Format / Quality: pdf
Size: 26,6 MB

This dissertation investigates the word-final, intervocalic glottal stop [ʔ] in Nicaraguan Spanish, a highly understudied variant in an equally understudied dialect of Spanish. The glottal stop occurs most frequently in western Nicaragua as an allophone of word-final, intervocalic /s/ (the V/s/#V environment), e.g. [ma.ʔal.to] for más alto ‘higher’, but the glottal stop also surfaces between vowels at the word boundary where there is no underlying segment (the V#V environment), e.g. [la.ʔo.la] for la ola ‘the wave’. The studies to date on the glottal stop in dialects of Spanish, i.e. Argentinian/Paraguayan (Sanicky 1989, Thon 1989), Yucatan (Lope Blanch 1987), Philipino (Lipski 2000), and Puerto Rican (Valentín- Márquez 2006), propose a contact hypothesis: when Spanish is in close contact with another language and the glottal stop is used in that language, bilingual speakers transfer the sound into their Spanish.

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