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Asturian Identity Reflected in Pronoun Use: Enclisis and Proclisis Patterns in Asturian Spanish
Verónica González López
76-86 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The present study reports quantitative results on the enclisis and proclisis patterns of 40 native speakers of Asturian Spanish—the contact variety of Spanish spoken in the majority of the Principality of Asturies, Spain. Asturian is a predominantly enclitic language, while Castilian Spanish is primarily proclitic; this causes speakers of Asturian Spanish to alternate between enclisis and proclisis depending on a variety of factors like register, style, and, most importantly, gender, age, L1, and self-reported "lengua propia" (i.e. the language speakers identify as their own variety regardless of time of acquisition). The results presented here disclose changes related to the use and prestige of Asturian and Castilian Spanish in the above-mentioned geographical area. These changes are in accordance with some recent socio-political events that have been taking place since the restoration of democracy in the late 1970s.

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Selected Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Ana M. Carvalho and Sara Beaudrie
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