Intonational Patterns in the Last Generation of Native Judeo-Spanish Speakers Born in Turkey: A Preliminary Study

José Ignacio Hualde, Aldina Quintana

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To summarize, in this paper we have analyzed representative intonational contours in the recorded speech of three JS speakers from Turkey. We have considered several intonational functions: final statements, continuing statements, emphatic statements and interrogatives. In neutral statements we have noticed that the displacement of the accentual peak of rising accents is relatively rare compared to many varieties of monolingual Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. To indicate continuation, besides a contour with a fall onto the final stressed syllable followed by a rise, we have identified two other more complex contours. Each of these two contours is frequent in the speech of one of the speakers, but is not employed by either of the two speakers. Interestingly, one of these contours resembles a circumflex contour found in Mexican Spanish. Another remarkable feature, when compared to other Spanish varieties, is the frequent use of non-sentence final main or nuclear accent. All pronominal questions in the recordings that we have analyzed have a falling contour. The few examples of yes-no questions that we have found have either a circumflex contour or a rise.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBrill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages31
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NameBrill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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