Sibilants in ecuadoran spanish

John Lipski

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Ecuadoran Spanish is divided into several distinct dialect zones, and the behavior of sibilants varies considerably among the dialects, as well as among social strata and in ethnolinguistic enclaves. This study examines this diverse behavior in a number of phonetic and sociolinguistic contexts. Coda /s/-weakening characterizes the coastal region, while voicing of word-final prevocalic /s/ is found to varying degrees in the central highlands. In the Andean highlands, rhotics also receive sibilant realizations, including coda /?/ as well as prevocalic /r/. A phenomenon largely restricted to the Afro-descendent population of the Chota Valley in northern Ecuador is the realization of plural final /s/ only on the first element of plural noun phrases, usually a determiner. Partial plural marking occasionally occurs in the Spanish of Quichua-dominant bilinguals, but not as systematically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociolinguistic Approaches to Sibilant Variation in Spanish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781000365627
ISBN (Print)9780367722203
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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