After the Franco dictatorship, written Catalan started to be taught
officially in the schools of Catalonia. This teaching has involved a
change in some phonetic, morphological, and lexical habits, especially
among speakers schooled in Catalan as a first language. The present study
shows a linguistic change process observed in Northwestern Catalan
linguistic communities. Its focus is the study of absolute initial
prestressed vowels spelled 〈e〉 which have traditionally
been uttered with solution [a] in forms such as encara
‘yet’ or estudi ‘study’. The population
analyzed is the one that is receiving or has received the biggest
influence from written language: speakers between 3 and 20 years of age.
The data obtained allows us to observe a phonetic change directly
connected to writing.I would like to thank
Carlos van Oosterzee and James McCullough for discussion. This research
was supported by HUM2004-01504/FILO (MEC & FEDER).