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Sociophonetic variation in Bolivian Quechua uvular stops

Bacas, Eva (2019) Sociophonetic variation in Bolivian Quechua uvular stops. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Quechua is an indigenous language of the Andes region of South America. In Cochabamba, Bolivia, Quechua and Spanish have been in contact for over 500 years. In this thesis, I explore sociolinguistic variation among bilingual speakers of Cochabamba Quechua (CQ) and Spanish by investigating the relationship between the production of the voiceless uvular stop /q/ and speakers’ sociolinguistic backgrounds. I conducted a speech production study and sociolinguistic interview with seven bilingual CQ-Spanish speakers. I analyzed manner of articulation and place of articulation variation. Results indicate that manner of articulation varies primarily due to phonological factors, and place of articulation varies according to sociolinguistic factors. This reveals that among bilingual CQ-Spanish speakers, production of voiceless uvular stop /q/ does vary sociolinguistically.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bacas, EvaENB30@pitt.eduENB30
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMauk,
Committee MemberDeLoge,
Committee MemberFricke,
Committee MemberGallagher,
Date: 16 December 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 November 2019
Approval Date: 16 December 2019
Submission Date: 10 December 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 63
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: quechua sociolinguistics phonetics sound change cochabamba bolivia south america linguistics
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 17:28
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2019 17:28


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