/s/-lenition and resyllabification in Southern Cone Spanishes

Gilly Marchini, Michael Ramsammy*

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This paper presents experimental results on the interaction between word-final /s/-lenition and vowel reduction in Spanish. Data from 6 speakers of Southern Chilean Spanish (SCS) and 5 speakers of Buenos Aires Spanish (BAS) were analysed. Results show that final debuccalisation to [h] (i.e. /s/- aspiration) both shortens preceding vowels and the fricative itself in both dialects. Our data further highlight that, with both [s] and [h]-allophones of /s/, vowel and /s/-durations in the /Vs#V/ context are not significantly different from /Vs#C/ in either dialect. However, realisations of /Vs#V/ do show significant durational reduction in comparison to/V#sV/ in both SCS and BAS.
Despite established theoretical claims about the operation of phrasal resyllabification in Spanish, our data therefore suggest that /s/ in the /Vs#V/ environments behaves as though it remains in canonical coda position word-finally. Consequently, our findings contribute to growing scholarship disputing the categorical nature of resyllabification in Spanish.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
EditorsRadek Skarnitzl, Jan Volín
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherGuarant International
ISBN (Electronic)9788090811423
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2023
Event20th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) - Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 7 Aug 202311 Aug 2023


Conference20th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS)
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2023
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • vowel reduction
  • /s/-debuccalisation
  • Southern Cone Spanish


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