Chapter published in:Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception
Edited by Whitney Chappell
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 21] 2019
► pp. 16–38
The role of social cues in the perception of final vowel contrasts in Asturian Spanish
Influenced by the minority language of the region, speakers of Asturian Spanish vary in their production of word-final back vowels in the masculine singular morpheme, with realizations that range from Spanish [o] (/pero/) to Asturian [u] (/peru/). Previous research has found that listeners’ social judgements of speakers are affected by whether [-o] or [-u] are used. This study explores how social cues about the speakers affect the listeners’ perception of these vowels. The results of a binary forced-choice identification task combined with sociolinguistic priming show that productions paired with visuals of urban status were more likely to be identified as Spanish /-o/, but only when listeners were in favor of Asturian attaining co-official status. The results contribute to our understanding of the role that explicit stigmatization and overt language attitudes have on phonetic representation.
Published online: 28 November 2019
(Forthcoming). The unstressed vowel system of Asturian Spanish: Language contact and phonetic contrast in word-final position. In R. G. Rao Ed. Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone linguistics. Spanish phonetics and phonology in contact: Studies from Africa, the Americas and Spain. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
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