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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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PD Dr. Melanie Uth

Principal Investigator A05

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


Nuria Martínez García

Doctoral student A05

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


Patrick Auhagen

Student assistant A05

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

List of publications

In print

  • Uth, Melanie. Accepted. Prosodic prominence and information structure in picture-based elicitation experiments. In: Teixeira Kalkhoff, Alexander, Maria Selig & Christine Mooshammer (eds.). Prosody and conceptional variation. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.
  • Uth, Melanie & Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo. In print. Language contact and intonation: Evidence from contrastive focus marking and loanwords in Yucatecan Spanisch and Yucatec Maya. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.




  • 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. Madrid: UNED, 165-170.