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Full Title: Phonic Variation in Contemporary Spanish: First, Second, Heritage and Learner Language

Location: Munich, Germany
Start Date: 29-Mar-2017 - 02-Apr-2017
Contact: Christoph Gabriel
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Phonic Variation in Contemporary Spanish: first, second, heritage and learner language

Coordinators: Christoph Gabriel (Mainz), Trudel Meisenburg (Osnabrück) und Elissa Pustka (Vienna)

The pronunciation of Spanish in the world displays a considerable diversity, which is not yet systematically explored from a comparative perspective. In various areas of the Spanish-speaking territory, this phonic variation can be traced back to language contact, since Spanish has been a second language (L2) for parts of the population in these areas. This is the case for the speakers of Quechua in the Andes, the speakers of Galician in Galicia, the Italian and Chinese immigrants in Argentina and the Moroccan immigrants in Spain. The inverse situation, with a similarly strong impact on pronunciation, occurs when Spanish-speaking emigrants assimilate to the language of their environment and successively become so-called heritage speakers, such as Mexicans or Puerto Ricans in the United States or Spaniards in Germany. In addition, due to the importance of Spanish as a global language, millions of people learn it as a foreign language (SFL). In these cases, phonic transferences from the first language (L1) to the second language (L2) occur. The workshop focuses on all aspects of pronunciation which characterize these constellations, from a phonetic as well as phonological perspective, on the segmental and prosodic level.

Phonic variation, whether resulting from contact or not, represents a big challenge for phonology. The digital methods developed for collecting and analyzing data allow us to document more and more of this variation. At the same time, the theoretical discussion continues: How to represent the phonetic characteristics of the different varieties, including the interlanguages of the learners, in a common phonological framework? How to model the (abstract or exemplar) representations and corresponding processes (with rules or constraints)? Is a purely internal approach possible or should external factors be taken into account?
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Spanish
LL Issue: 27.3580

This is a session of the following meeting:
XXI Congreso de la Asociación Alemana de Hispanistas - 21. Deutscher Hispanistentag

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