The present research project examines the possible factors to explain the word-final /f/ in Ecuadorian Spanish including but not limited to: where it is used, who uses it (gender, age ranges, social class), and with which words it is most commonly used. As the first extensive research study on the word-final /f/, the project may lead to other investigations of this phenomenon and other features of Ecuadorian Spanish. In addition, if there are other variations of the marker pues in the Spanish varieties spoken in different regions and/or countries, researchers can use this present study as basis to analyze the specific function of pues. Lastly, those interested in the phoneme /f/ at the end of words can now know and understand its role in the Ecuadorian Spanish and its discourse.
Dr. Lynn Pearson
First Advisor Department
Romance and Classical Studies
Dr. Virginia Dubasik
Second Advisor Department
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Jesberger, Hannah, "Understanding a Discourse Marker in Quito, Ecuador" (2017). Honors Projects. 414.
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