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Romance languages show hiatus and diphthongal realisations of inheritediVsequences of rising sonority (e.g.ia). We study five Romance varieties with different degrees of contrast between the two realisation types: Romanian, with a diphthong–hiatus contrast, Spanish, with a weaker contrast, French, with no contrast (all diphthongs), and European and Brazilian Portuguese, with no contrast (all hiatus). We show that the different degrees of synchronic contrast are related to three independentdoi:10.1017/s095267570700111x fatcat:solqv253sreizkezkjd2r6asly