This study examines social gender, the usage of men and women, as a factor potentially affecting dialectal variation and change in the Spanish of west-central Puerto Rico. Gender is considered in relation to the use of a range of linguistic features as well as other social factors, in the latter case generation and network groups. Phonological, morpho-syntactic, and syntactic features are also grouped as stable sociolinguistic variables and features representing change from above and below. The study suggests that sweeping generalizations about the role of gender should be avoided and that, although specific differences are present in the usage of men and women, what may be most striking is the preponderance of shared constraints on their speech.
Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Maurice Westmoreland and Juan Antonio Thomas
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