An acoustical analysis of the merger of /ɲ/ and /nj/ in Buenos Aires Spanish

@article{Bongiovanni2019AnAA,
  title={An acoustical analysis of the merger of /ɲ/ and /nj/ in Buenos Aires Spanish},
  author={Silvina Bongiovanni},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  year={2019},
  volume={51},
  pages={177 - 201}
}
  • Silvina Bongiovanni
  • Published 15 February 2019
  • Physics
  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association
Buenos Aires Spanish (BAS) is well known for the sound change that led the palatal obstruent to become a post-alveolar fricative. However, that obstruent is not the only palatal phoneme undergoing sound change in BAS. The present study investigates the production of /ɲ/ and /nj/ in BAS, which have been reported as merging (Malmberg 1950). Previous research suggests that some speakers produce a ‘traditional’ (alveolo)palatal nasal, while other speakers realize /ɲ/ with two distinct non… 
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