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ERIC Number: EJ968454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Assessing Language Attitudes through a Matched-Guise Experiment: The Case of Consonantal Deletion in Venezuelan Spanish
Diaz-Campos, Manuel; Killam, Jason
Hispania, v95 n1 p83-102 Mar 2012
This investigation contributes to the understanding of language attitudes toward consonantal deletion by examining its perception using a matched-guise experiment (Casesnoves and Sankoff 2004; Lambert, Hodgson, Gardner, and Fillenbaum 1960) with fifteen listeners. Two experiments were designed for testing language attitudes, one toward intervocalic /d/ deletion and one toward syllable-final /[alveolar flap]/ deletion. The findings of this research support the hypothesis according to which retention of syllable-final /[alveolar flap]/ is perceived as a prestigious variant in Venezuelan Spanish. However, our findings do not show a strong attitudinal evaluation in favor of /d/ retention. These results provide a contribution to the study of language attitudes using a perceptual task, a practice that is not very commonly used to assess a linguistic variable. The findings show that production studies present useful evidence, but may not necessarily reflect a speaker's evaluation of linguistic variants. (Contains 1 table and 10 figures.)
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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: Venezuela