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Contextualized Voicing of the Voiceless Posterior Fricative /h/ in Puerto Rican Spanish
Erik W. Willis, Gibran Delgado-Díaz, and Iraida Galarza
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Abstract

This paper examines the voicing status of posterior voiceless fricative /h/ based on phonetic context in Puerto Rican Spanish. Twelve Puerto Rican informants participated in an information task that resulted in 1,147 tokens of /h/ distributed across various phonetic contexts. The results indicate that /h/ following a pause is regularly produced without voicing, while intervocalically it is realized as a voiced variant [ɦ]. The findings are discussed with respect to the potential phonetic overlap with /r/ and /s/ reported to have allophonic realizations described as posterior, fricative, and voiceless and use the IPA symbol [h] in Puerto Rican Spanish.

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Selected Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology
edited by Erik W. Willis, Pedro Martín Butragueño, and Esther Herrera Zendejas
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