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Henriksen, Nicholas

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of World Languages and Cultures


This thesis describes and analyzes both the realization of the trill and the tap in the Manchego dialect, spoken in Castile-La Mancha, Spain. The thesis tries to answer several questions. First, are there acoustic differences between the tap and the trill in the Manchego dialect? Secondly, what are the social and linguistic variables that influence the phonetic realization of these sounds? Likewise, this thesis provides quantitative data on the duration and the number of occlusions from the tap and the trill and the effect of variables like sex, word position and stress on the respective productions. There are a total of nine subjects in this thesis: four women and five men with ages between 18 and 25 and all native of Socuéllamos, Castile-La Mancha.

The data sample comes from the recordings of the narrations that the participants read from the children's story called "Frog, Where are you?" The data indicate that in general there were less than two occlusions in the tap productions (especially for men) and that there was a difference between the tap and trill duration. The sex and word position were the variables found to have an effect in this thesis. Women produced trills with greater duration and with more occlusions, which indicates a possible case of variation based on the sex that affects the number of occlusions on the trills. For this reason, the neutralization of the tap and the trill is not common, although the trill does not always have two or more occlusions. Finally, dialectal comparisons were made based on other acoustic studies on Spanish rhotics.


58 pages




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