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. 125–153
Complex attitudes towards two sociolinguistic variables and their social meanings
Providing evidence from production and perception data in a speech community
This study considers attitudes about variable production of coda /ɾ/ and syllable-initial /r/ in Puerto Rico. Two actors produced typical Puerto Rican allophonic variants of coda /ɾ/ and syllable-initial /r/. Indirect attitudes of sixteen urban speakers were measured through a matched-guise task, and direct attitudes were observed through an interview. For coda /ɾ/, the tap received the highest overall rating, while for syllable-initial /r/, the trill received higher ratings than the posterior /r/. In both cases, men gave higher ratings in comparison to women. The indexical field analysis showed that social meanings change according to the social context in which individuals interact, helping to explain why speakers use traditionally stigmatized forms, since they can also express positive social meanings.
Keywords: matched guise, elicitation task, Puerto Rico, identity, indexical fields, perception, production, posterior /r/, rhotic, social meaning
Published online: 12 January 2021
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