The current work presents findings from an instrumental study of Bilbao Spanish, an understudied variety spoken in Northern Spain, demonstrating that low boundary tones can be widely used in Spanish absolute interrogatives. The pattern found in the productions clearly differs from the one found in other Peninsular varieties like Madrid Spanish. Interestingly, due to different pitch movements and peak alignments, the F0 contours produced by Bilbao Spanish speakers are also different from those attested in other varieties that use low boundary tones like Puerto Rican Spanish. The relevance of these characteristics is brought forward by perceptual data as well.
Selected Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology
edited by Scott M. Alvord
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