From hiatus to diphthong: the evolution of vowel sequences in Romance*

@article{Chitoran2007FromHT,
  title={From hiatus to diphthong: the evolution of vowel sequences in Romance*},
  author={Ioana Chitoran and Jos{\'e} Ignacio Hualde},
  journal={Phonology},
  year={2007},
  volume={24},
  pages={37 - 75}
}
Romance languages show hiatus and diphthongal realisations of inherited iV sequences of rising sonority (e.g. ia). We study five Romance varieties with different degrees of contrast between the two realisation types: Romanian, with a diphthong–hiatus contrast, Spanish, with a weaker contrast, French, with no contrast (all diphthongs), and European and Brazilian Portuguese, with no contrast (all hiatus). We show that the different degrees of synchronic contrast are related to three independent… 
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