This paper contributes to the literature on syllable- and word-final /s/ reduction in Spanish by analyzing 5,661 tokens of syllable- and word-final /s/ from 31 speakers from Cali, Colombia. The tokens were coded for phonetic factors shown to condition this phenomenon. Additionally, the usage-based factor of lexical frequency was also included and was coded by using a 3.5 million-word corpus of spoken Spanish. The results show that the most influential factor to constrain syllable- and word-final /s/ reduction in these data is the following phonological context.
Selected Proceedings of the 11th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joseph Collentine, Maryellen García, Barbara Lafford, and Francisco Marcos Marín Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-432-4 library binding
v + 281 pages
publication date: 2009
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA