Diachronic prosody of a contact variety

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This paper presents a micro-diachronic study of the prosody of Porte&#241;o, the Spanish variety spoken in Buenos Aires, by comparing spontaneous speech data collected in 1983 with comparable recordings made in 2008. <i>Porte&#241;o</i> Spanish is said to be influenced by Italian due to massive immigration between 1830 and 1950. The question arises of whether the use of &#8220;Italian&#8221; features in <i>Porte&#241;o</i> prosody has increased or decreased since the shift from Spanish-Italian bilingualism to prevailing Spanish monolingualism. Tonal and durational analyses performed on our data reveal that by and large, the presumably &#8220;Italian&#8221; characteristics remain unchanged, although some significant differences were found between the two time periods with respect to the occurrences of certain pitch accents and boundary tones.


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