Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

The loss of intervocalic and final /d/ in the iberian peninsula

Ana Estrada Arráez


Currently there is an ongoing process of loss of intervocalic and final /d/ in the Spanish of the Iberian Peninsula. This loss already appears in the Atlas Lingüístico de la Península Ibérica (ALPI) of nearly a century ago, some of whose unpublished data are mapped in this paper. Thanks to these, it can be shown that the loss is distributed in a geographically irregular way across the Peninsula, dividing its territory into several areas. The data suggest that the factors influencing this loss, for which there is no agreement, could be not only phonetic or phonological, but also morphological and syntactic.

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