Rhotic sounds are known for the considerable phonetic variation they exhibit across languages (Ladefoged and Maddieson 1996; Ladefoged 2001). In the Spanish-speaking world many of them have been reported and several phonetic studies have been conducted to analyze the variants occurring in different Peninsular and Latin-American dialects. Traditionally, a good body of analyses has focused on Hispanic rhotic realizations; however, besides the early attempt by Quilis and Carril (1971) to study assibilated/fricative rhotics in some Latin American varieties, only more recently has attention been paid to specific dialects presenting such realizations (Colantoni 2001, 2006; Bradley 2006a, 2006b). The present work analyzes these sounds in Cochabambino Spanish and provides an articulatory as well as aerodynamic explanation, supported by empirical data, for why certain phonetic patterns are found in this variety and not in other Latin American dialects.
Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Luis A. Ortiz-López
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