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Title:Diphthongization of Non-High Vowel Sequences in Latin American Spanish
Author(s):Garrido, Marisol
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hualde, Jose Ignacio
Department / Program:Spanish
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Modern
Abstract:The findings of this study confirm that the articulation of Spanish adjacent vowels is internally driven by phonetic/phonological factors such as proximity to stress and initiality (with posttonic position being the most favorable for diphthongization to occur), but also provide evidence that the phenomenon does not apply regularly to all lexical items. The lexical variability observed not only between regions, but also intra-dialectally, is discussed in terms of the items frequency of usage as well the negative or positive social evaluation associated with the diphthongized forms. In sum, this dissertation analyzes the diphthongization of non-high hiatus sequences in Spanish as a sound change motivated by internal linguistic forces but mediated in its diffusion by social factors.
Issue Date:2008
Description:218 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3347387
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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