This paper examines pre-nuclear peak alignment in the semi-spontaneous speech of Veneto-Spanish bilinguals in Chipilo, Mexico. Many monolingual varieties of Spanish demonstrate peaks in the post-tonic syllable, whereas several varieties of contact Spanish have shown early peaks occurring in the stressed syllable. In the case of Chipilo, Veneto, a Northern Italian language, and Spanish have been in contact for over 130 years. Furthermore, Veneto displays early peaks. Semi-spontaneous data was coded and analyzed and results show that the Spanish spoken in Chipilo demonstrates higher rates of early peaks than other monolingual varieties of Spanish. The results suggest that the early peaks found in Chipilo Spanish may be due to convergence with Veneto. Expressions of Chipilo identity among younger speakers may also be a factor.
Selected Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Ana M. Carvalho and Sara Beaudrie
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