ICS Lecture: “From the insular to the continental Caribbean—a sociophonetic perspective”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Del Caribe insular al Caribe continental: Una mirada perceptiva desde la socio-fonética” [From the insular to the continental Caribbean: A perceptive view from sociophonetics] by Dr. Luis Ortiz-López (Department of Hispanic Studies and Linguistics Graduate Program, UPR-Río Piedras). Dr. Melvin González-Rivera (Department of Hispanic Studies, UPR-Mayagüez) will serve as commentator.

The activity will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm, at Amphitheater Manuel Maldonado Denis, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: A Spanish-Caribbean dialect zone—situated around the Hispanophone Caribbean and several continental areas—has been identified and examined for decades. This classification responds fundamentally to historical, demographic, and linguistic criteria. In this presentation, Dr. Ortiz-López provides new comparative sociophonetic findings in the insular and continental Caribbean on the single “r” and the double “r.” He shows that the phonetic production of these varieties does not always coincide with their perception and that, despite the apparent coincidences in socio-dialectal production, Caribbean speakers from the islands and continental zones perceive and process linguistic features differently when recognizing the phonetic differences, at least of r / R. Therefore, meta-sociodialectical knowledge is in dialogue with the socio-phonetic data, giving rise to continuous socio-dialectical modes.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu.

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu.

Also see the Institute of Caribbean Studies on FACEBOOK.

[Image above: “Rolita,” wood block print by Antonio Martorell from Abc de Puerto Rico, 1968. Accessed via http://nydamprintsblackandwhite.blogspot.com/2014/05/abc-de-puerto-rico.html.]

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