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RLA. Revista de lingüística teórica y aplicada

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PEREZ, HERNAN EMILIO. A study on stylistic variation of /s/ in implosive position in speech samples from Chilean TV news programs. RLA [online]. 2007, vol.45, n.1, pp.101-115. ISSN 0718-4883.

This study is a quantitative analysis of the influence of style variable over realization of three historical variants in Chilean Spanish of /s/ phoneme, in order to determine the sociolinguistic status of each them. A sample of speech taken from news programs of Chilean television was used as the corpus. Besides, a clear procedure of spectrographical observation and identification of the three variants was defined. Also, using the concepts of domain, field, mode and tenor, an operative procedure of delimitation of style variable was defined. After the analysis, it is concluded that aspirated realization of /s/ is not an indicator, but the predominance of this variant is a regular and general tendency in all styles. There is a significant tendency of speakers to use the elision as an indicator of spontaneous speech and a very strong tendency to use the sibilant realization as an indicator as well -but non-spontaneous speech. Finally, a comparative study with the results of previous research in the same subject was made to conclude that those results are very similar.

Palabras clave : Phonetics; acoustic phonetics; linguistic variation; stylistic variation; Chilean Spanish; aspirated realization of /s/; elision of /s/.

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