Spanish in contact with Minorcan Catalan exhibits a focus construction—focused negation and affirmation—with a clause final no/sí. Previous accounts of this structure in other dialects of Spanish (Toribio 2002, Camacho 2005, Lipski 1994, Schwenter 2000, Schwegler 1996) describe the lack of a pause preceding the final no/sí. The present study explores the intonation of this construction in 20 bilinguals—6 Spanish L1 and 14 Minorcan Catalan L1—to determine whether (i) this structure is a monoclause, (ii) differences are found between the affirmative and the negative construction, and (iii) the emergence of this construction is present in the speech of bilinguals, irrespective of L1. Data extracted from a reading task was submitted to prosodic analysis using Praat (Boersma and Weenink 2005). F0 height measurements as well as F0 visual and auditory inspection indicate that only focused negation is monoclausal in Contact Spanish, and only in Catalan L1 speakers.
Selected Proceedings of the 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joyce Bruhn de Garavito and Elena Valenzuela
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