ExLing 2010 - Third Workshop on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2010

Tarascan Dialectal and Generational Differences Around Aspirated Stops

Francisco Javier Bucio García

Department of linguistics, El Colegio de México-UAM, Mexico

The Tarascan or phurépecha language contrasts aspirated stops from non-aspirated word initially, but this contrast was hardly heard in Hiwatzio, a lake dialect (Friedrich 1971:177). We measured the length of the aspirated feature following stops and vowels /i a u/'s formants F1 and F2 so as to identify differences among subjects. The results show that adult men speakers from a mountain dialect make an aspiration shorter than men from a lake dialect. The opposite pattern applies for women belong to the same dialects. Regarding generational differences, a young man from a lake dialect does a shorter aspiration than the older men do and a young girl's F1 and F2 of /i, a, u/ tend to be higher than older women.

Index Terms. tarascan, aspirated, generational, dialectal differences.

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Bibliographic reference.  García, Francisco Javier Bucio (2010): "Tarascan dialectal and generational differences around aspirated stops", In ExLing-2010, 65-68.