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Abstract

Most Andalusian characteristics lack overt prestige at the national level. However, Hernández-Campoy argues that adoption of non-standard features, like deletion of /-d-/, is taking place in standard Castilian areas, which entails a subsequent change in prestige. This study investigates the social manifestation of /-d-/ deletion in Alcalá de Guadaíra (Seville). The results indicate that the deleted variant is widespread in all the social groups. The phenomenon predominates among younger speakers, which could indicate that this process, already noted in the 16th century, is still vigorous and could indeed be acquiring overt prestige.

Bio Note

Carmen Ruiz-Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Aquinas College. She completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at Indiana University. Before joining the faculty at Aquinas College, she taught upper-division and graduate linguistic courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the sociolinguistic variation of the Spanish pronunciation in Southern Spain and the Caribbean. She also does investigations in the field of second language acquisition of Spanish pronunciation and in online teaching. She has published a book and several articles, and has mentored students’ research in these areas.

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