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LINGUIST List 20.3784

Thu Nov 05 2009

Books: Phonology/Socioling: Brown

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, A Usage-Based Account of Syllable- and Word-Final /s/ Reduction in Four Dialects of Spanish: Brown

Message 1: A Usage-Based Account of Syllable- and Word-Final /s/ Reduction in Four Dialects of Spanish: Brown
Date: 25-Oct-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: A Usage-Based Account of Syllable- and Word-Final /s/ Reduction in Four Dialects of Spanish: Brown
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Title: A Usage-Based Account of Syllable- and Word-Final /s/ Reduction
in Four Dialects of Spanish
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Romance Linguistics 62
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Earl K. Brown
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895865268 Pages: 266 Price: Europe EURO 64.00

Based in the Usage-based Model of phonology, this study contributes to our
understanding of syllable- and word-final /s/ reduction in Spanish, and
consonant weakening more generally, by providing evidence that frequency
factors significantly condition the reduction. An analysis was performed of
23,307 tokens of syllable- and word-final /s/ taken from four dialects of
Spanish: Cali, Colombia; northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, United
States; Mérida, Venezuela; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The results of multivariate analyses demonstrate that the token frequency
of the word in which syllable- or word-final /s/ occurs significantly
conditions this phenomenon, as does the string frequency of two-word
combinations. Likewise, the frequency with which a word occurs in a
phonological context favorable to reduction significantly influences this
phenomenon. Words that frequently occur in phonological contexts favorable
to reduction are reduced more often than words that occur infrequently in
these contexts, when the local following phonological context is controlled
for. Finally, this study shows that the influence of these frequency
factors varies between dialects (and word positions), indicating that the
overall rate of reduction is relevant to the relative magnitude of
phonological and frequency effects.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng )

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