Syllable-final /k/ is often pronounced as an (inter)dental voiceless fricative in areas of North-Central Spain. This paper examines the phonotactics of syllable-final /k/ and online misspellings and reports new data showing that this pronunciation only takes place before coronal stops [t, d, n]. Additionally, it discusses the articulatory and perceptual bases of this phenomenon and proposes a novel phonological analysis involving manner dissimilation and coronal assimilation. This paper also provides a preliminary Optimality Theory account for two speaker-dependent grammars in this dialect: one where /k/ is pronounced as an interdental voiceless fricative before coronal stops but deleted otherwise, and another one in which syllable final /k/ is always realized faithfully.
Selected Proceedings of the 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joyce Bruhn de Garavito and Elena Valenzuela
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