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The Andalusian Pronunciation of Spanish Malaga Forum

If you’ve been learning Spanish for a while, you’re likely to be more familiar with Spanish spoken in central or northern Spain than with the one in the south. The truth is that there are many words in Seville that are used in the rest of Andalusia, however, you’ll also find words that people from other Andalusian cities won’t even know. I’m familiar with these words because half of my family is from Seville, otherwise, I wouldn’t know their meaning. If you’re in love with the Spanish language, you’ll be curious about words that are typical of a place.

This prosodeme is used as a numeric marker and it is redundant when there is a hangover of a deleted /s/. When the consonant /s/ disappears totally, the opposition -prosodeme/+prosodeme as numeric marker can be observed in EAS, and vowel closing seems to indicate a tendency to make this numeric prosodeme more effective. Alvar posited that the triangular vowel system of Spanish had developed into a quadrangular one where vowels have two types of timbre, and he considered it necessary to add EAS to those systems of five degrees of openness considered “extremely rare”, as seen in Figure 2. The debate regarding EAS vowels has not been limited to the phonological value of vowel doubling, but also to how to represent this vowel system.

They support their position by the fact that vowels have become open in cases where plurals can be differentiated from singulars even after /s/ has been lost (árbol ‘tree’ vs. árboles ‘trees’). Furthermore, the vowel change happens word-medially and word-finally, and the change also occurs following the deletion of other consonants (e.g. calor ‘heat’). Finally, forms which were distinct before consonant deletion word-finally now are homophonous (e.g. mar ‘sea’, más ‘more’, and mal ‘bad’), and there are no open equivalents for /i/ or /u/.

Hernández-Campoy and Trudgill believe that if vowel opening were due to functional compensation, then open vowels of /i/ and /u/ would have arisen. In most towns, /al/, /ar/, and /as/ are either reduced to the same vowel following consonant bobby fischer iq deletion, or mar and más are distinguished thanks to aspiration, vowel lengthening, or vowel quality. However, in some exceptional cases, the three vowels have different quality following consonant deletion, as in Al507 .

Ruch and Harrington also studied post-aspiration and concluded that it serves as a cue to identify underlying /st/. In EAS, younger speakers have shorter pre-aspirations and longer post-aspirations than older speakers, but these differences are not as noticeable as the ones found in western Andalusia. Furthermore, Ruch and Harrington reported a trading relationship between oral closure duration and post-aspiration, which they believe indicates a sound change. Alonso was the first researcher to describe an interesting phenomenon regarding /a/ .

This could have been the case then, but the situation is different now; I have heard multiple EAS speaker friends and relatives , using heheo word-initially (e.g. sí ENT#091;hiENT#093; ‘yes’). Interestingly, a similar phenomenon is reported in the Nice area, in Ancient Greek, and in Irish . Regarding /s/ aspiration, it is worth noting that Alvar has explained how the Andalusian tendency to drop /s/ in coda was already a feature in Latin in Malaga and Seville in the second century.