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Friday, October 11 • 2:05pm - 2:30pm
Regan: Advancing sociophonetic analysis of fricative merger(s) and split in Andalusian Spanish

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Advancing sociophonetic analysis of fricative merger(s) and split in Andalusian Spanish

Based on 19,420 tokens from read speech (passage reading, word list) by 80 speakers (40 male, 40 female; ages 18-87), this study analyzes Andalusian coronal fricative variation in Huelva and Lepe, Spain. The aim of the study was three-fold: (i) to provide acoustic evidence of the fricative demerger; (ii) to determine which acoustic parameters best explain this variation; (iii) to promote a fricative Demerger Index, a novel methodological approach that provides degrees of demerger that avoids effects of sex-based spectral differences. Mixed effect linear regression models indicated that those with the largest demerger were females, younger speakers, those from Huelva, and in more formal styles; COG, Mean Intensity, Skewness, and Variance were the most adequate acoustic measures. Implications are that the fricative Demerger Index provides a gradient analysis that compares between-speaker variation only after calculating within-speaker variation, allowing researchers to observe degrees of demerger while avoiding sex-related spectral differences.

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Brendan Regan

Texas Tech University


Friday October 11, 2019 2:05pm - 2:30pm
EMU Cedar & Spruce
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Erez Levon


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