This paper shares preliminary results which tend to indicate the presence of a special utterance final pitch accent in Galician Spanish. This variety has specific characteristics that make it stand out in any Spanish-speaking area outside Galicia. Differences in lexical choices, pronunciation of certain sounds, and syntactic variation help identify Spanish speakers from this region, but nothing is more noticeable than the special intonation these speakers have, particularly the perceived higher intensity of stressed syllables when compared to standard Spanish. This paper looks at intonation in the Spanish in contact with Galician as an example of the existence of a special pitch accent in Galician that permeates spoken Spanish.
Selected Proceedings of the First Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
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