Spanish phonological variation

John M. Lipski

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Variations in the Spanish phonological system, while overshadowed by subphonemic regional and sociophonetic variation, are found throughout the Spanish-speaking world. As with phonetic variability, the majority of instances involve consonants, and range from the retention/loss of phonemes in all contexts (e.g. /θ/ and /ʎ/) to partial neutralization in specific positions (e.g. between /l/ and /ɾ/, /ɾ/ and /r/, and /ɾ/ and /d/). Phonological variability in the vowel system includes distinctive laxing in eastern Andalusian dialects, and partial neutralization of mid-high vowel contrasts in Spanish dialects in contact with Arabic and Quechua. Ongoing phonetic variation is also leading to emergent oppositions that may coalesce in some dialects (e.g. intervocalic voiced stops, phonological glottal stops, distinctive vowel length).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Spanish Phonology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351855167
ISBN (Print)9780415785693
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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