Coda /s/ regional, discursive and phonetic variation in the speech of a group of Chilean university professionals
Karina Cerda-Oñate, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Darío Fuentes-Grandón, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Jaime Soto-Barba, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Nahida Hamdan Rosales, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Karina Cerda-Oñate, Darío Fuentes-Grandón, Jaime Soto-Barba y Nahida Hamdan Rosales, 2015: "Variación diatópica, discursiva y fonética de /s/ codal en el habla de profesionales chilenos", Onomázein 32, 254-274.
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.32.15

Abstract:
The present article falls within the framework of a quantitative and descriptive sociolinguistics perspective and it aims to describe the phenomenon of coda /s/ variation in a sample of college-educated subjects, speakers of Chilean Spanish. Moreover, this research aims to describe the variation of coda /s/ in Chilean Spanish regarding three variables: city of origin of the informant, discourse modality (reading aloud and semispontaneous interview) and phonetic context (wordinterior and word-final). In order to do so, a sample of 32 informants from 8 different Chilean regional capital cities was selected from FONDECYT4 Project N.1120886. The sample was analyzed by means of an auditory classical analysis, which considered n=3.264 tokens of coda /s/. The results from the descriptive analysis and from a Pearson’s chi-squared test show that the variables “discourse modality” and “phonic context” have an effect on the variation of coda /s/ in the sampled data. On the other hand, the analysis regarding the diatopic variable and its effect on coda /s/ variation was not conclusive.