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On the relevance of voice quality in contact varieties: non-modal phonation type in Afro-Yungueño Spanish


Perez, Danae Maria; Zipp, Lena (2019). On the relevance of voice quality in contact varieties: non-modal phonation type in Afro-Yungueño Spanish. Language Ecology, 3(1):3-27.

Abstract

This paper focuses on the role of voice quality variation in the system of a contact language, Afro-Yungueño Spanish, a restructured variety of Spanish spoken in the Bolivian Yungas valleys. Based on case studies of naturally occurring conversation between multiple speakers, we show that certain non-modal phonation types, in this case falsetto and breathy voice, are used to index expressiveness, intensification, or emphasis. We argue that these practices have discursive meaning that could otherwise also be encoded by means of grammatical and lexical resources, and that they are an integral part of the linguistic system of this variety. We claim that these practices may have resulted from the specific socio-historical context in which this variety evolved. This suggests that voice quality and ecological factors should not be underestimated in order to reach a more complete picture of how meaning is conveyed in apparently simplified contact languages.

Abstract

This paper focuses on the role of voice quality variation in the system of a contact language, Afro-Yungueño Spanish, a restructured variety of Spanish spoken in the Bolivian Yungas valleys. Based on case studies of naturally occurring conversation between multiple speakers, we show that certain non-modal phonation types, in this case falsetto and breathy voice, are used to index expressiveness, intensification, or emphasis. We argue that these practices have discursive meaning that could otherwise also be encoded by means of grammatical and lexical resources, and that they are an integral part of the linguistic system of this variety. We claim that these practices may have resulted from the specific socio-historical context in which this variety evolved. This suggests that voice quality and ecological factors should not be underestimated in order to reach a more complete picture of how meaning is conveyed in apparently simplified contact languages.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:Afro-Yungueño Spanish, Afro-Bolivians, falsetto, breathy voice quality, simplicity, language ecology
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:04 Nov 2019 08:53
Last Modified:04 Nov 2019 08:56
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
ISSN:2452-1949
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/le.18010.per
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/catalog/le (Publisher)

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