Catalan Review

SOME CURRENT PHONOLOGICAL FEATURES IN THE CATALAN OF BARCELONA

Catalan Review (2007), 21, (1), 279–301.

Abstract

This article presents some pre1iminary results of a project on alleged on-going phonological changes of the Catalan spoken in Barcelona that is carried out at the University of Hamburg. Data focusing on the production of the Catalan mid-open vowels and schwa elicited from three generations of speakers (children, young adults, and older adults) in two districts of Barcelona differing in usage of Spanish have been auditorily analyzed. Results show that, in Nou Barris (the district with more Spanish input), mid-open vowels are often replaced by their mid-close counterparts, and schwas are replaced by [a] in the two younger generations, whereas in Gràcia (the district with less Spanish input), the younger generations produce Catalan vowels more often than the older generation. These findings are attributed to the positive influence of school together with a strong presence of Catalan in Gràcia, and to a limited Catalan input in Nou Barris.

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Lleó, Contxita

Benet, Ariadna

Cortés, Susana