Rising intonation in the Spanish of Chiloé (Chile): first approximation

Diana Muñoz-Builes – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Dania Ramos – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Domingo Román – Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
Camilo Quezada – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Héctor Ortiz-Lira – Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación, Chile
Magaly Ruiz – Universidad de La Frontera, Chile
José Joaquín Atria – University College London, Reino Unido

Diana Muñoz-Builes, Dania Ramos, Domingo Román, Camilo Quezada, Héctor Ortiz-Lira, Magaly Ruiz y José Joaquín Atria, 2017: "El habla ascendente de Chiloé: primera aproximación", Onomázein 37, 01-15.
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.37.01

This research paper presents initial findings regarding the analysis of rising intonation contours in final, broad focus declarative utterances recorded in Chiloé (Chile). These utterances— unlike the great majority that have been reported in different varieties of Spanish
and characterized by a falling nuclear configuration—exhibit a rising terminal pitch. The first acoustic data of conversational speech are analysed and preliminary phonological observations are made. Acoustic evidence of the rise is included, together with tentative phonological labelling and, finally, questions are raised and possibilities for further investigation are proposed.1