Spanish /ll/ --> /ly/ --> /y/

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Jul 20 22:43:15 UTC 2001

Good suspicion, but wrong for the vast majority of Caribbean Spanish
speakers - medially still like "Joe."


>I suspect that the "Joe" pron would occur only in initial position and that
>medially it would be /zh/ for these speakers.
>Victoria Neufeldt
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>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
>>  Of Joanne M. Despres
>>  Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 9:23 AM
>>  Subject: Re: Spanish /ll/ --> /ly/ --> /y/
>>  FYI, a Dominican friend of mine pronounces her Spanish "ll"s like
>>  the "j" in "Joe."  For example, "llama" would sound like "jahmah,"
>>  "canta no llores" like "kahntah no jorays."
>>  Joanne Despres

Dennis R. Preston
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