This study presents a sociolinguistic analysis of the alignment of pre-nuclear F0 peaks in spontaneous Yucatan Spanish, a variety in contact with Yucatec Maya. Results indicate that YS speakers most frequently align pre-nuclear intonation peaks with the stressed syllable, in line with many other contact varieties. This result partially accounts for the staccato nature of YS intonation. Additionally, women significantly favor early peaks more than men. Other sociolinguistic variables (age and language background - Maya vs. Spanish) do not rise above the level of individual variation in a mixed-effects model. The possibility of a language contact genesis for early peaks, other implications, and areas for further research are discussed.
Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Chad Howe, Sarah E. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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