In most varieties of Brazilian Portuguese, /t/ and /d/ are subject to a process of palatalization. Although this variable is well studied in other varieties of BP (particularly from the South), no quantitative investigation has been carried out in the rural Brazilian Northeast, a zone traditionally characterized as not exhibiting this phenomenon. This study used data from a story book narration, a paragraph reading, and a series of carrier phrases. In this study of sixteen speakers from Várzea Alegre, Ceará, the palato-alveolar variants are indeed found, with younger speakers exhibiting more use of the palato-alveolar variant, women favoring the variant, and more closed tasks yielding more palato-alveolar use than open tasks. In some cases, task variation is so wide that a participant's behavior in the closed tasks would be a very poor indicator of their behavior in more open tasks.
Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Kimberly Geeslin and Manuel Díaz-Campos
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