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ERIC Number: EJ845389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
Microvariation in Accentual Alignment in Basque Spanish
Elordieta, Gorka; Calleja, Nagore
Language and Speech, v48 n4 p397-439 2005
This paper presents patterns of accentual alignment in two varieties of Spanish spoken in the Basque Country: Lekeitio Spanish (LS), with speakers whose other native language is Lekeitio Basque (LB); and Vitoria Spanish (VS), with monolingual speakers of Spanish from the city of Vitoria. These patterns are compared to those of Madrid Spanish (MS), compare Face (2002). In LS, accents are realized as pitch rises rather than falls, like in MS and unlike in LB, but peaks are aligned before the offset of the accented syllable, unlike in MS and like in LB. At the end of the subject phrase, peaks display later alignment, like in MS. Thus, LS displays mixed properties of Basque and Spanish intonation. In VS, stress is also realized as a tonal rise, with peaks aligned after the offset of the accented syllable, like in other varieties of Spanish and unlike LS. The low tone target is aligned before the onset of the stressed syllable, earlier than in LS and MS. The continuum of tonal target alignment is observed in LS, VS, and MS, and the difficulties in identifying a "starred" tone lead to a discussion of the suitability of the starred tone notation. (Contains 14 tables, 8 figures and 12 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain; Spain (Madrid)