14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

A Phonetic Study of a Sallentinian Variety (Southern Italy)

Antonio Romano (1,2)

(1) Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere, Università di Lecce, Italy
(2) Centre de Dialectologie, Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France

This paper aims to briefly illustrate the main segmental features of the phonetic system of a Romance language still spoken - together with Italian, the official language - in a small linguistic area of southern Italy: the Salento peninsula, the “heel of the Italian boot”.
   Sallentinian, perhaps less known abroad, is well taken into account in national studies and has an important vernacular literature (mainly since the 18th century) with a number of medieval texts. Even if it is well studied from an historical point of view, instrumental phonetics surveys are still missing, though.
   Given that this language - spoken by more than one million of Salento inhabitants - is widespread in a number of slightly differing dialects, we chose to describe only one variety, that of Parabita. The analyses we conducted on speech make-up collected in this village gave data which we summarise and discuss below.

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Bibliographic reference.  Romano, Antonio (1999): "A phonetic study of a Sallentinian variety (southern Italy)", In ICPhS-14, 1051-1054.