14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
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
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.
Bibliographic reference. Romano, Antonio (1999): "A phonetic study of a Sallentinian variety (southern Italy)", In ICPhS-14, 1051-1054.