A test case of the Afro-Hispanic connection. Syllable-final /s/ in Equatorial Guinea

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Abstract

Many current theories of Hispanic dialectology implicate the influence of African phonotactic patterns on the evolution of Latin American Spanish, particularly as regards the behavior of syllable-final consonants. The present study offers a unique test case which permits the separation of external phonotactic influences from the original dialectal base brought from Spain to Latin America. In this fashion, it is possible to more adequately model the interaction of phonological patterns which shaped the evolution of European languages transplanted to the Americas, since the prototype situation may in principle be extended to other language-contact environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-222
Number of pages14
JournalLingua
Volume68
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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