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Sociolinguistic interpretation needs geography (and dialectology): final unstressed vowels in some southern Campanian dialects


Delucchi, Rachele; Cangemi, Francesco; Loporcaro, Michele (2012). Sociolinguistic interpretation needs geography (and dialectology): final unstressed vowels in some southern Campanian dialects. In: Calamai, Silvia; Celata, Chiara; Ciucci, Luca. Sociophonetics, at the crossroads of speech variation, processing and communication. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 13-16.

Abstract

Some dialects of Vallo di Diano, in southern Campania (Italy), display variation in final unstressed position between four full final vowels -[i e a o] and a single centralized final vowel -[ə]. In this paper we will discuss experimental data from three varieties of that area, those of Polla, S. Pietro al Tanagro and Sanza, and argue that variation in the quality of final unstressed vowels is best interpreted in terms of an interaction between a basilectal, Tuscan-like final vowel system -/i e a o/ and the Neapolitan-based koine variety in which all final unstressed vowels merged to -/ə/. The choice of this interpretation over conceivable alternatives, as we will show, is favoured by a combination of system-internal reconstructive considerations, cross-dialectal comparisons, and evaluation of the sociolinguistic and geolinguistic dynamics of the area.

Some dialects of Vallo di Diano, in southern Campania (Italy), display variation in final unstressed position between four full final vowels -[i e a o] and a single centralized final vowel -[ə]. In this paper we will discuss experimental data from three varieties of that area, those of Polla, S. Pietro al Tanagro and Sanza, and argue that variation in the quality of final unstressed vowels is best interpreted in terms of an interaction between a basilectal, Tuscan-like final vowel system -/i e a o/ and the Neapolitan-based koine variety in which all final unstressed vowels merged to -/ə/. The choice of this interpretation over conceivable alternatives, as we will show, is favoured by a combination of system-internal reconstructive considerations, cross-dialectal comparisons, and evaluation of the sociolinguistic and geolinguistic dynamics of the area.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:15 Nov 2012 12:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:04
Publisher:Edizioni della Normale
ISBN:978-88-7642-434-2
Additional Information:On December 14th-15th, 2010, the international workshop “Sociophonetics, at the crossroads of speech variation, processing and communication” was held in Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, with the participation of eleven invited speakers and over ninety scholars coming from Europe, USA, Asia and Africa (http://linguistica.sns.it/Sociophonetics/home.htm).
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Related URLs:http://edizioni.sns.it/it/testi-online/pdf-scaricabile.html (Publisher)

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