Drawing on a variationist approach, and on migration studies, this paper discusses a change in progress in the realizations of the vibrant /r/ in word-final position in the Spanish of Mexican immigrants in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The analysis argues that there is a direct relationship between the occurrence of trill allophone and the change of gender roles that Mexicans are undergoing while living in the United States. In this analysis, the trill is considered a symbol of identity that shows new gender relationships.
Selected Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Lotfi Sayahi and Maurice Westmoreland
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