Martínez García, María Nuria ORCID: 0000-0002-5703-7133 (2020). Prosodically Conditioned Realization of Voiced Stops and Vowels in Yucatecan Spanish. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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This dissertation investigates the acoustic nature and distribution of prosodic strengthening in relation to the Prosodic Word domain and prosodic prominence in Yucatecan Spanish. In order to do so, phonologically voiced stops and word-initial vowels were examined in a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews and a read speech task with 16–21 speakers of the variety. The results provide evidence for prosodic strengthening of both voiced stops and word-initial vowels. The acoustic manifestations of prosodic strengthening of voiced stops are (i) longer duration, (ii) greater change in intensity, and, in extreme cases of strengthening, (iii) presence of a release burst. Strengthening of word-initial vowels is manifested through glottalization, which is present in the first portion of the vowel. Prosodic strengthening occurs in PW-initial position and especially under lexical stress, although accentuation may also play a role. Thus, prosodic strengthening is used to indicate (post)lexical prominence and boundaries at the PW level. In terms of speaker-specific variation, Yucatec Maya language dominance does not appear to favor more strengthened realizations either of voiced stops or word-initial vowels, while gender has no effect on the distribution of strengthened realizations. Finally, a proposal is made for the strengthening of voiced stops and glottalization of word-initial vowels being used to mark the left edges of a recursive PW in Yucatecan Spanish.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Martínez García, María
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-383381
Date: September 2020
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik > Phonetik
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Yucatecan SpanishEnglish
Yucatec MayaEnglish
language dominanceEnglish
Prosodic WordFrench
prosodic strengtheningEnglish
prosodic prominenceEnglish
voiced stopsEnglish
glottalization of vowelsEnglish
acoustic phoneticsEnglish
corpus speechEnglish
read speechEnglish
Date of oral exam: 27 January 2021
NameAcademic Title
Grice, MartinePr. Dr.
Uth, MelaniePD Dr.
Mücke, DorisPD Dr.
Funders: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Project-ID 281511265 – SFB 1252 Prominence in Language, in the project A05: Prominence marking and language contact in Spanish, at the University of Cologne
Refereed: Yes


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