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Understanding the Tonada Cordobesa from an Acoustic, Perceptual and Sociolinguistic Perspective

Lenardón, María Laura (2017) Understanding the Tonada Cordobesa from an Acoustic, Perceptual and Sociolinguistic Perspective. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The goal of this dissertation is to gain a better understanding of a non-standard form of pretonic vowel lengthening or the tonada cordobesa, in Cordobese Spanish, an understudied dialect in Argentina. This phenomenon is analyzed in two different but complementary studies and perspectives, each of which contributes to a better understanding of the sociolinguistic factors that constrain its variation, as well as the social meanings of this feature in Argentina.
Study 1 investigates whether position in the intonational phrase (IP), vowel concordance, and social class and gender condition pretonic vowel lengthening from informal conversations with native speakers (n=20). The results reveal that both linguistic and social factors affect the pretonic to tonic vowel duration ratio. That is, prenuclear position, vowel concordance, and lower social class favor a higher ratio, the nonstandard form.
Study 2 examines language attitudes, ideologies, and perceptions towards the tonada cordobesa using an online adaptation of a matched-guise test and a questionnaire on ideologies about Spanish in Argentina. The results show that judges (n=263) most accurately recognize the Cordobese speakers, followed by the Buenos Aires (BA) speakers. This points to the saliency of the tonada. In addition, the matched-guise uncovers some stigmatization of Cordobese Spanish as these guises received lower ratings on status and even on solidarity than those from Buenos Aires as found in de los Heros (1999). An analysis of manifestations of popular culture shows that the tonada is also used to portray local pride, or what Woolard (2008, 2009) calls authenticity. Furthermore, some judges hold contradictory ideologies with regards to the standard language in Argentina and BA Spanish was not always positively valued, as shown in other research (Llull & Pinardi, 2014; Rodríguez Louro, 2013). This provides insight in how BA Spanish and Cordobese Spanish are valued in Argentina.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lenardón, María Lauramll32@pitt.edumll32
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKiesling, Scott F.kiesling@pitt.edukiesling
Committee MemberGooden, Shelomesgooden@pitt.edusgooden
Committee MemberDe los Heros,
Committee MemberKanwit, Matthewmkanwit@pitt.edumkanwit
Date: 27 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 April 2017
Approval Date: 27 September 2017
Submission Date: 11 August 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 180
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Linguistics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: lengthening of vowels, perception , language attitudes, language ideologies
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 23:26
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 23:26

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