The real universe of the sample is
made up of individuals born in Pont de Suert before 1956 (38 informants aged over 30 years
at the time of the interview 7.3%). The conditioning of the sample to stages of
social transformation in the area excludes part of the population, the younger sector.
studied was the voiceless affricative prepalatal, characteristic of the speech of
Ribagorçà, which has been progressively replaced by the voiced affricative prepalatal of
standard central eastern Catalan. The variable rule is:
(1) - <>
2.5. ESCRIVÀ, V. (1993).
"Aproximació sociolingüística al procés d'assimilació de la variable  àtona final a Oliva",
in Actes del Novè Col·loqui Internacional de Llengua i Literatura Catalanes III.
Barcelona: Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat, pp. 121-136.
study is well thought out, the author himself warns that it is a pre-survey, i. e.
a preliminary study providing frequential statistical data.
community is the city of Oliva, in the Valencian district of Safor, and the real universe
of the sample consists of Catalan-speaking inhabitants (32 informants-0.17%).
is final atonic archiphoneme /A/. The use of a subjective assessment test enables him to
verify the loss of prestige of the traditional variant :
(1) /A/ - <,a,> / ___#
2.6. MONTOYA, B. (1989).
Variabilitat i prestigi en el català de Valls i de l'Alt Camp. Valls: Institut d'Estudis
aspect to highlight is that this research is based on group-work carried out by students
of COU. This needs to be borne in mind because the study deviates substantially from the
methodological requirements of data collection. Our group of researchers are inexperienced
and heterogenous. As a result, the homogeneity and rigour of the interviews is more than
communities are the towns of Valls, Alcover and Pla de Santa Maria. These are located in
the subdialect of Tarragona, defined as an area of linguistic transition between western
and eastern Catalan. The real universe of the sample consists of Catalan-speakers from
these towns (66 informants, 55 of whom are from Valls-0.46%). The absence of the factor sex
is due to the topic of the interview: "Aspects of food and cooking".
variables studied are idiosyncratic features of the districts geolect that vary from
the standardized forms:
(1) /a,e/ -
(2) - <jn>
2.7. PRADILLA, M. À. (1993).
Variació i canvi lingüístic en curs al català de transició nord-occidental/valencià.
Doctoral thesis, University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona). (9)
supervision of M. T. Turell, the author of this paper defended his doctoral thesis in
1993. He had carried out a number of prior exploratory studies that opened the way to this
wider-ranging investigation. The first (Pradilla, 1996) was a sonographic and descriptive
prepalatal study of the Baix Maestrat district, in the north of the Community of Valencia.
The second (Pradilla, 1993b), was a preliminary variationist approach, here on the
town of Benicarló. This town was the speech community chosen in the reference study (70
located in a transitional area between western Catalan and Valencian. The variable
phenomena tending towards change are very frequent, but the pressure of a hypothetical
Valencian standard does not seem to play a part in the direction that they are set to
take, at least when the material was collected (1992), since this function was still being
carried out by Spanish. One of the clearest items explaining this is the interference of
deals with the process of linguistic change that has been diachronically named deaffrication.
From a linguistic point of view, this is a very complex variable with seven variants
obtained through acoustic introspection:
(1) /, d/ - <j,, ,d,d,d:,d> / V___V
It uses a
subjective assessment experiment and a powerful statistical analysis programme.
2.8. PLAZA, C. (1995).
"Lleialtat lingüística, edat i nivell educatiu. La e posttònica a la Conca de
Barberà", in M. T. TURELL (ed.). La sociolingüística de la variació. Barcelona:
PPU, pp. 117-138.
This study is
based on the doctoral thesis of the author, presented in 1994 with the title La parla
de la Conca de Barberà. (10) The subject of this chiefly
geolinguistic research is the speech of the Conca de Barberà. This district, as with the
Alt Camp in Montoyas work (1993), is located in an area of linguistic transition
between eastern and western Catalan, and forms a break with the variety of Tarragona. The
area currently has an extensive list of phenomena of change tending towards replacement of
the native variants in favour of prestigious, standard forms.