phonology, diphthongs, homogeneous diphthongs, rhyme, Spanish.
Journal/Book/Conference Title Title
Sintagma: Journal of Linguistics
This article addresses the status of homogeneous diphthongs in Spanish (those formed of two high vocoids, usually spelled iu or ui) to try to determine which vocoid acts as the syllable nucleus and which is the glide. It has generally been assumed that the order is glide-vowel (rising-like diphthong) but with little factual substantiation. A study of examples of rhyme from different ages in Spanish poetry and theatre in verse confirms the strong tendency for these diphthongs to act as rising-like.
Department of Languages and Literatures
Original Publication Date
DOI of published version
UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library
©2017 Juan Carlos Castillo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Castillo, Juan Carlos, "What rhyme tells us about the status of homogeneous diphthongs in spanish" (2017). Faculty Publications. 7.