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And Rosta wrote:

>John Cowan:
>> On Wed, 25 Oct 2000, Kristian Jensen wrote:
>>
>> > Since there is already a tendency for some dialects to replace
>> > syllable-final <s> with an <h>, I thought of replacing it altogether by some
>> > kind of cue in the phonation in the vowel (perhaps breathy voice), or maybe
>> > even tone.
>>
>> The dialects which totally drop /s/ in the coda usually replace it
>> with fronting:  'la casa' /lakasa/ 'las casas' /l&kas&/.  Likewise
>> e > E and o > 0.
>
>Cool fact. How trustworthy/well-documented is it? It's as though final
>/h/ (from /s/) transmogrifies into an autosegment that triggers ATR-ish
>harmony (with stressed vowels immune?), which suggests that H-ness
>and ATR-ness are phonologically the same thing. Fascinating. If anybody
>can tell me of any theoretically-oriented work done on this I'd be most
>grateful.

I just found an article in the Optimality Theory website called:
"Constraint interaction in Spanish /s/-aspiration: three Peninsular
varieties" by Richard E. Morris. If you go to:

http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/roa.html

...and do an abstract search under "Spanish", it should be there.
Unfortunately, it is only available as a Word7.0 document. Anyways,
there are lots of interesting phonological papers in the site. I'm
sure you'll find something useful.

-kristian- 8)