Chapter published in:Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution
Edited by Stephen Fafulas
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 23] 2020
► pp. 192–221
Interrogative intonation in monolingual Amazonian Spanish
The case of Spanish spoken in the cities of Pucallpa and Iquitos
This article studies the interrogative intonation of Peruvian Amazonian Spanish spoken by monolinguals in the cities of Pucallpa and Iquitos. Despite the fact that the varieties have different linguistic substrata and that they are located hundreds of miles apart, both behave alike intonationally. In contrast to other varieties of Spanish, they have a strong preference for a rising-pitch accent with an early peak that occurs in both pre-nuclear and nuclear positions. When the rising-pitch accent with a late peak occurs, it is restricted mostly to the first non-nuclear position. The results also confirm Garcia’s (2011) finding about the existence of a rising-pitch accent with an extended peak in Pucallpa Spanish. Both dialects employ four heights in their tonal boundaries.
Keywords: Peruvian Amazonian Spanish, urban monolingual Spanish, interrogative intonation, Sp_ToBI
Published online: 15 July 2020
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