Acoustic analysis of the allophones of the Spanish mid-front vowel /e/

Raquel Gonzalez de Anda, University of Texas at El Paso


This thesis examines the Spanish phoneme /e/ and its open allophone(s). Current literature shows that there is no complete agreement with regards to the specific phonetic environments that trigger the opening of /e/, nor if "open" is the best term to describe the allophone(s). Examining /e/ allophones in Spanish monolinguals clarifies current literature inconsistencies; and therefore, creates a baseline for future studies related to this particular vowel. In this study, the speech of ten Spanish monolingual university students was recorded. Participants read a list of words that contained /e/ in certain phonetic contexts. Each instance of /e/ was acoustically analyzed by measuring the first two formants of /e/. Results show that certain phonetic contexts affect not only /e/'s height but also its displacement.^

Subject Area

Language, Linguistics

Recommended Citation

Gonzalez de Anda, Raquel, "Acoustic analysis of the allophones of the Spanish mid-front vowel /e/" (2013). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1552291.