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ERIC Number: EJ910362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Variation in Miami Cuban Spanish Interrogative Intonation
Alvord, Scott M.
Hispania, v93 n2 p235-255 Jun 2010
The interrogative intonation of Cubans and Cuban Americans living in Miami is investigated. Two different intonation patterns are used in this variety of Spanish to convey absolute interrogative meaning: one with a falling final contour, as has been observed in Cuban Spanish, and one with a rising final contour, as is used in American English and most varieties of Spanish. A variable rule analysis exploring the use of these two intonation patterns was carried out. It was discovered that immigrant group is a significant factor in the variation and that there is an intonational change occurring in subsequent generations. The social relationships of individual speakers are also a significant factor influencing the absolute interrogative intonation pattern used. (Contains 4 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida