We are investigating the prosodic transfer of L1 and L2 timing patterns for bilingual speakers who speak stressed-timed and syllable-timed languages, in Spanish-English and Spanish-Afrikaans contact situations. As a broad goal, we ask if current models of L2 phonology extend to the domain of speech rhythm. Our collaborators on the Spanish-Afrikaans project are Andries Coetzee (University of Michigan) and Daan Wissing (North-West University, South Africa).
We are investigating the intonational system of questions and statements in multiple varieties of Peninsular Spanish. Specifically, we study the linguistic form of question intonation, and the phonetic properties that speakers use to distinguish questions from statements. We also study the social meaning of questions, and the pragmatic meaning of questions in spontaneous discourse. In this latter project we collaborate with Meghan Armstrong (University of Massachusetts).
We are investigating the sound patterns of multiple sub-varieties of Andalusian Spanish, as they relate to issues in phonological theory and sociophonetic variation. Specifically, we examine rhotic sounds, nasal consonants, vowels (and vowel harmony especially), intonation, and falsetto voice in Andalusian Spanish.
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