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Saturday, October 12 • 2:55pm - 3:20pm
Maddux & Rao: Heritage Spanish /bdg/ in an underexplored social context

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Heritage Spanish /bdg/ in an underexplored social context

Inspired by source input varieties, cross-generational studies on heritage Spanish, work on heritage Spanish /bdg/, and a lack of research on heritage speakers (HSs) in rural settings, we analyzed data from five HSs of Spanish and one parent of each HS, all of whom live in a rural area of the Midwestern US.

Our results reveal consistent weakening to [βðɣ] across the board. We first see that HSs weaken all three phonemes more than parents. Second, we observe that those with a higher degree of English proficiency show more weakening of /bdg/ realizations. Third, we find that those who have more exposure to English actually weaken /b/ to a greater degree. Fourth, speakers born in the US exhibit more weakening than those born in Mexico, but only for /bg/. In sum, our data suggest that segregation, isolation, and the continued influx of immigrants are key factors in minority language maintenance.


Nate Maddux

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Rajiv Rao

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Saturday October 12, 2019 2:55pm - 3:20pm PDT
EMU Crater Lake N
  T: Consonants
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Betsy Sneller