Chapter published in:Aspects of Latin American Spanish Dialectology: In honor of Terrell A. Morgan
Edited by Manuel Díaz-Campos and Sandro Sessarego
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 32] 2021
► pp. 97–123
Social perception of the variable realization of /tʃ/ in Chile
This study uses the matched-guise technique to measure the attitudes of forty-one Chilean participants towards the variable realization of the affricate /tʃ/. The present study analyzes three variants of the phoneme and their relationships with various characteristics within society. Within the present study, there is social stratification of the phoneme /tʃ/ in which the variant [ʃ] is associated with a lower social stratum and the variants [tʃ] and [ts] are associated with a higher social stratum. Speakers who employ [ʃ] receive statistically lower ratings for all of the characteristics, while speakers who employ [tʃ] and [ts] receive statistically higher ratings in the matched-guise study.
Keywords: sociolinguistics, matched-guise technique, Chilean Spanish, deaffrication
Published online: 12 January 2021
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