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Rioplatense Spanish

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Rioplatense Spanish
Argentine–Uruguayan Spanish
Español rioplatense
(Español argentino-uruguayo)
Pronunciation[ehpaˈɲol ri.oplaˈtense]
Native toArgentina, Uruguay
DialectsOuter Dialects:
Norteño (Northern)
Guaranítico (Northeastern)
Cuyano (Western)
Cordobés (Central)
Inner Dialects:
Litoraleño (Coastal)
Bonaerense (Eastern)
Patagónico (Southern)
Latin (Spanish alphabet)
Official status
Official language in
 Argentina (de facto)
 Uruguay (de facto)
Regulated byAcademia Argentina de Letras
Academia Nacional de Letras de Uruguay
Language codes
ISO 639-1es
ISO 639-2spa[2]
ISO 639-3
Spanish dialects in Argentina
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Rioplatense Spanish (/ˌrpləˈtɛns/),[3] also known as Rioplatense Castilian, is a variety of Spanish.[4][5][6]

Location of speakers[change | change source]

It is spoken mainly in and around the Río de la Plata Basin of Argentina and Uruguay.[7] It is also referred to as River Plate Spanish or Argentine Spanish.[8]

It is the most prominent dialect to employ voseo in both speech and writing. Many features of Rioplatense are also shared with the varieties spoken in south and eastern Bolivia, and Paraguay.

Intonation[change | change source]

This dialect is often spoken with an intonation resembling that of the Neapolitan language of Southern Italy, but there are exceptions.

References[change | change source]

  1. Spanish → Argentina & Uruguay at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018)
  2. "ISO 639-2 Language Code search". Library of Congress. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. [espaˈɲol ri.oplaˈtense] or [-ˈʒano -]
  4. Orlando Alba, Zonificación dialectal del español en América ("Classification of the Spanish Language within Dialectal Zones in America"), in: César Hernández Alonso (ed.), "Historia presente del español de América", Pabecal: Junta de Castilla y León, 1992.
  5. "Jiří Černý, "Algunas observaciones sobre el español hablado en América" ("Some Observations about the Spanish Spoken in America"). Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucencis, Facultas Philosophica Philologica 74, pp. 39-48, 2002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  6. Alvar, Manuel, "Manual de dialectología hispánica. El español de América", ("Handbook of Hispanic Dialectology. Spanish Language in America."). Barcelona 1996.
  7. Resnick, Melvyn: Phonological Variants and Dialects Identification in Latin American Spanish. The Hague 1975.
  8. Del Valle, José, ed. (2013). A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language. Cambridge University Press. pp. 212–228. ISBN 9781107005730.