Vocalic phenomena in Andean Spanish dialects

John M. Lipski

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This chapter presents data from two phenomena involving vowel systems in Andean Spanish. The first is the contact between the five-vowel system of Spanish and the three-vowel system of Quechua, which results in a wide range of restructuring of vowel spaces, partial mergers, and emergent vowel harmony traits among Quichua-Spanish bilinguals. The second process is the reduction (devoicing and shortening) of atonic vowels, particularly in contact with /s/.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Variationist Approaches to Spanish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429577956
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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