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Aspiración y elisión de la /s/ posnuclear en un programa televisivo venezolano
Craig R. Stokes
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This article analyzes the articulation of final /s/ in Venezuelan Spanish. A total of 346 tokens of the final /s/, produced by eleven callers to a Venezuelan television program, were recorded. The first objective was to determine the frequency of aspiration and deletion of final /s/ compared to the occurrence of the sibilant variant. In addition, each token was codified according to gender and geographic region to determine if these independent variables play a role in the production of final /s/. The results show that both deletion and aspiration are preferred, while sibilance accounts for approximately only 12% of the corpus. Men tended to delete the /s/ more than women, while women aspirated more than the men. An analysis of variance determined that gender was a statistically significant factor for both aspiration and deletion of the /s/ before a tonic vowel.

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Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Maurice Westmoreland and Juan Antonio Thomas
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