The Effect of Stress on the Dissimilation of the Spanish Copulative Conjunction

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The Effect of Stress on the Dissimilation of the Spanish Copulative Conjunction

Author: Cristina Reguera-Gómez
Source: LingUU Journal, vol. 7, Iss. 1, pp. 6-14
Year: 2023
Published by: LingUU Journal

Abstract

In Spanish, the copulative coordinating conjunction corresponds with one single sound, [i]. However, [i] can also be realised as [e] if located before a word that starts with another [i]. Although this phenomenon can be attributed to dissimilation only, I argue that word stress is also important. This paper focuses on the role of stress on dissimilation of the conjunction y in Spanish, using SPE and autosegmental phonology as analysis tools. Autosegmental phonology is shown to be a more comprehensive framework, and the results support the statement that stress is as important as dissimilation to ensure that the conjunction does not conflate with a neighbouring sound.

Keywords

Phonology, dissimilation, stress, SPE, autosegmental

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