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Social Stratification in Women's Speech in Rural Puerto Rico: A Study of Five Phonological Features
Jonathan Carl Holmquist
109-119 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This study provides a detailed analysis of vertical, sociolinguistic variation in women's speech in rural Puerto Rico near the close of the 20th century. Observations are based on recorded conversations with 30 women residing in and around the community of Castañer; the sample is structured according to age groups and social integration. This study's linguistic foci are five phonological features characteristic of dialectal usage in the region. Results identify linguistic, stylistic and social constraints in the sample of recorded speech.

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Selected Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Lotfi Sayahi and Maurice Westmoreland
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