Convergence and intonation: historical evidence from Buenos Aires Spanish

  title={Convergence and intonation: historical evidence from Buenos Aires Spanish},
  author={Laura Colantoni and Jorge A. Gurlekian},
  journal={Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  pages={107 - 119}
In this paper we present experimental evidence showing that Buenos Aires Spanish differs from other Spanish varieties in the realization of pre-nuclear pitch accents and in the final fall in broad focus declarative utterances. Whereas other Spanish varieties have been described consistently as showing late peak alignments, Buenos Aires Spanish displays early peak alignments. The alignment pattern found in Buenos Aires broad focus declarative utterances is not totally foreign to Spanish: it is… 

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