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ERIC Number: ED140643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 14
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Grammatical Constraints on /s/ Deletion in Cuban Spanish. A Preliminary Study.
Hammond, Robert M.
It has been reported (Terrell 1974) that in Cuban Spanish word-final /s/ aspiration is generally not affected by grammatical constraints, except for determiners in prevocalic environments. However, deletion of /s/, according to Terrell, is correlated with morphological classes and grammatical function, and is constrained by functional considerations, i.e., /s/ deletion tends to occur in cases where its presence is redundant. In an effort to find evidence that would either support his data or present counterevidence, tabulations were made of the grammatical environments in which word-final /s/ aspiration and deletion occurred in five hours of tape-recorded free conversation from twenty-one native speakers of Miami-Cuban Spanish. The results of this tabulation are reported and compared with Terrell's data. In addition, the significance of his proposed theory of the interaction of grammatical constraints and semantic redundancy is discussed in terms of its implications for linguistic theory. The results of the present study do not seem to support his findings. (Author/CFM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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