Syllable-final consonant deletion has been extensively documented in Eastern Andalusian Spanish (henceforth EAS) by several scholars (e.g. Wulff 1889; Martínez Melgar 1986, 1994; Ruch and Harrington 2014). However, researchers have focused on the effects of /-s/ deletion, ignoring other consonants which are also deleted word-finally (e.g. Gerfen and Hall 2001).
This paper aims to present a more complex reality of EAS consonant deletion. As posited in Herrero de Haro (2016a, 2016b, 2017), EAS vowels have a different quality word-finally, when they precede deleted /-s/, when they precede deleted /-r/, and when they precede deleted /-Ө/; the deletion of word-final /s/, /r/, and /Ө/ changes the quality of a preceding vowel in different degrees.
However, the effect of word-final /s/, /r/, and /Ө/ deletion has not been studied in EAS speakers with certain speech disorders. The present paper analyses the speech of EAS speakers affected by different speech disorders (e.g. dyslalia) to analyse whether these speakers mark consonant deletion and, if so, whether the mechanisms used by these speakers are similar to those used by EAS speakers not affected by speech disorders.
This analysis reveals that EAS speakers with certain speech disorders mark /-s/, /-r/, and /-Ө/ deletion in a similar way to EAS speakers without speech disorders (e.g. modifying the quality of a preceding vowel). However, the type and intensity of these modifications vary between both groups of EAS speakers.
These findings are noteworthy as they quantify to which extent a feature of a regional accent is present in speakers with and without speech disorders.