This publication represents a study of lenition of syllable-final // in Latin American Spanish produced by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), catalog number LDC2001T60 and isbn 1-58563-196-5. The data used in this study came from three other LDC corpora, the CALLHOME Spanish Speech corpus, the CALLHOME Spanish Transcripts, and the CALLHOME Spanish Lexicon. It is a well-known fact that syllable-final /s/ is subject to lenition in many Latin American Spanish dialects. Lenition of -/s/ is a variable phonological process in which an -/s /may be aspirated (pronounced [h]) or deleted altogether. Lenition of -/s/ has been widely studied by sociolinguists, who have identified various linguistic and extralinguistic factors that favor the process. Since syllable-final /s /is frequent in Spanish, lenition has a great effect on overall pronunciation.
Please see file.tbl for the directory structure of this publication, as well as a complete list of files. The primary data file consists of data stored in the following fields:
- Token id
- Confidence level
- Speaker id
- Header of the line in the transcript
- Words from the transcript
- Location of word in the speaker's turn
- Location of /s/ in the word
- Preceding segment
- Following segment
- Word stress pattern
- Following word stress pattern
- Word start time
- Word end time
- Length of pause following word
- Speaker's dialect
- Speaker's sex
- Speaker's age
- Corrected following word
- Morphological information
There are on the order of 3,000 - 4,000 missing occurences of syllable-final /s/ encodings. These omissions occur for two main reasons: changes in the transcriptions after the list of all of the syllable-final /s/ were generated, and the failure of some transcript lines to be automatically aligned.
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