ERIC Number: ED335881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
On the Syllabification of /tl/ Clusters in Spanish.
A study investigated the correct syllabification of intervocalic /tl/ consonant clusters in Spanish dialects that lack word-initial /tl/, using data from Peruvian Spanish. The study attempted to discover native speaker preference through the playing of a popular game involving, in part, dividing a word into syllables. Words containing the /tl/ cluster were included in the game's word lists. Subjects were 145 native speakers, 85 males and 60 females aged 13-53, from 25 different locations in Peru. Test results strongly indicate that intervocalic /tl/ clusters pattern as tautosyllabic onsets. Potential limitations to the study are seen in the game-like situation and the possibility that previously-learned behavior for the playing of the game might interfere with results. However, a large proportion of the subjects had not heard of the game before. A summary of test statistics is appended, and a 24-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Consonant Clusters; Peru; Spanish (Peruvian)
Note: In: Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session, Volume 35, p103-117, 1991; see FL 019 329.