Philippine Creole Spanish ('Chabacanof) continues to be spoken in several areas of the Philippines and offers a useful perspective on the development of Spanish during the 17th and 18th centuries. The present study traces the development of syllable-final /s/in Chabacano, using a variational model. A comparative investigation of the principal Chabacano dialects, those of Manila Bay (the original forms) and the dialect of Zamboanga (a later transplantation, partially decreolized) reveals the continued existence of a process of reduction of implosive /s/. By including additional data on the behavior of /s/in comptemp- orary dialects of Spain, Mexico, and Latin America, it is possible to arrive at the conclusion that Philippine Creole Spanish is a legitimate tool in historical Hispanic dialectology, and that the reduction of /s/most probably was well under way at least by the middle of the 17th century, in the Spanish dialects brought to the Philippines via Mexico.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language