Studying sounds via instrumental acoustic analysis – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Studying sounds via instrumental acoustic analysis

Mara Estrict


Pronouns: she/her

Research Mentor(s): Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya, Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 1
Presenter: 5

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As the world’s second most popular mother tongue, the Spanish language is immensely diverse in its speakers, geographic breadth, and linguistic components. Under the vast umbrella of phonetics, there have been extensive studies on the open vowel usage of Andalusian Spanish speakers; however, there remain few comparable examinations of native speakers from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Using Salamanca Spanish speakers as a control group, the University of Michigan’s Speech Production Lab has recorded interviews of 40 native speakers from Buenos Aires for inspection in the linguistic analysis software Praat. Having examined the duration and pronunciation of the vowels “˜o’ and “˜e’ in various contexts, we anticipate a significant difference in the opening patterns of speakers from Buenos Aires versus those from Salamanca, with particular emphasis upon instances when “˜e’ precedes “˜r’. With these anticipated results, we aim to cultivate a better understanding of the phonetics of Buenos Aires Spanish as a unique subset of the Rioplatense dialect.

Authors: Lorenzo García-Amaya, Mara Estrict, Lorenzo García-Amaya
Research Method: Language Skills

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