chapter  5
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Results: Retention of Dialectal Phonetic Features among First- and Second-Generation Speakers of Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican Spanish in the New York City Area

This chapter addresses the second issue explored in this study, that of the retention or non-retention of dialectal phonetic features in the speech of firstgeneration and second-generation Cubans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans in the New York City area. Fragments of the informants’ speech samples were orthographically transcribed, phonetic contexts were identified, and retention of the selected phonemes was carefully determined. Retention indicates that the phoneme was realized as the standard allophone and did not suffer the neutralization processes that characterize the speech of the typical speaker of the given dialect of Spanish.