Chapter published in:Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution
Edited by Stephen Fafulas
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 23] 2020
► pp. 223–258
Chapter 9Phonological processes in flux
Variation in palatal lateral production in the Ecuadorian Amazon
In this study, we examine the production of the palatal lateral in Spanish, represented orthographically as <ll>, as produced by bilinguals in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The purpose of this study is first to observe what changes may have taken place in the acoustic production of palatal /ʎ/ by Quichua-Spanish speakers in comparison to related segments /l/ and /ʝ/ which may be due to indigenous language contact, and second to determine if extralinguistic influences may have contributed to this change (e.g., differences in gender). While males appear to maintain a distinct palatal lateral and females demonstrate a move towards delateralization, both genders demonstrate cases of depalatalization due to allophony, as in their native language.
- Language contact and sound change
- Acoustic analysis of Spanish palatal lateral and related segments
- Present study
- Setting and participants
- Materials and data elicitation
- Data analysis
- Analysis of closure
- Analysis of transition
- Analysis of total duration
- Findings summary and discussion
Published online: 15 July 2020
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