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A05 - Prominence marking and language contact in Spanish

The basic goal of the project is to determine the most important prominence marking strategies in Yucatecan Spanish against the background of the variety's longstanding and ongoing contact with Yucatec Maya. The project addresses "structural prominence marking", i.e. structural constraints on phrasing and accentuation, as well as "pragmatic prominence marking" destined to highlight particular constituents for pragmatic reasons. The central aim of the current project phase is to compare the structural and pragmatic prominence marking properties of YS, YM, and standard Mexican Spanish by means of cross-linguistic comparison of production data and acceptability judgments. In later stages, we will also deal with loan word prosody and perception data, and we aim at elaborating a contact model which is appropriate to account for the exaptation and/or grammaticalization of prosodic features.

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Team

Name

PD Dr. Melanie Uth

Principal Investigator A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.09
E-mail: melanie.uth(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915
Web: Dr. Melanie Uth

Name

Nuria Martínez García

Doctoral student A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.09
E-mail: n.martinezgarcia(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915
Web: Nuria Martínez García

Name

Patrick Auhagen

Student assistant A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.12
E-mail: cauhagen(at)smail.uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915

Name

Leonard Rick

Student assistant A05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.12
E-mail: lrick(at)smail.uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89915

List of publications

In print

  • Gutiérrez-Bravo, Rodrigo, Martín Sobrino & Melanie Uth. In print. Contrastive focus in Yucatecan Spanish. In Gallego, A.J. (ed.), The syntactic variation of Spanish dialects. Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Press.
  • Uth, Melanie. In print. Traces of language contact in intonation: The case of Yucatecan Spanish. In Congosto, Y. & L. Morgenthaler García (eds.), Prosodic issues in language contact situations. Special issue of Spanish in Context. Philadelphia/Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Uth, Melanie & Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo. In print. Language contact and intonation: Evidence from contrastive focus marking and loanwords in Yucatecan Spanish and Yucatec Maya. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. 

2019

  • Martínez García, Nuria & Constantijn Kaland. 2019. The prosody of repeated mentions in Yucatecan Spanish. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XIX), Melbourne.

2018

2017

  • Martínez García, Nuria. 2017. /b d g/ en Quintana Roo (Yucatán). Estructura prosódica y lenguas en contacto. In Victoria Marrero Aguiar & Eva Estebas Vilaplana (Eds.), Tendencias actuales en fonética experimental. Current Trends in Experimental Phonetics, 165-170. Madrid: UNED.