|Spain , Hispanic America , parts of the US , Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guinea|
|speaker||570 million native speakers ,
(Anuario Cervantes 2016).
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Europe : SpainEuropean Union
Africa : Equatorial Guinea
Caribbean :CubaDominican RepublicPuerto Rico(United States)
North America : Mexico
Central America :GuatemalaEl SalvadorHondurasNicaraguaCosta RicaPanama
South America :VenezuelaColombiaEcuadorPeruBoliviaChileArgentinaParaguayUruguay
International organizations :United Nations(UN)African Union(AU)Central American IntegrationSystem (SICA)Union of South American Nations(UNASUR)Community of Latin American and Caribbean States(CELAC)Organization of American States(OAS)Latin Union
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The Spanish or Castilian language (own designation español [ espaˈɲol ] or castellano [ kasteˈʎano ]) belongs to the Romance branch of the Indo-European language family and, together with Aragonese , Asturleonese , Galician and Portuguese, forms the closer unit of Ibero-Romance . In a broader perspective, Spanish can also be classified together with Catalan , French , Occitan and other smaller Romance languages such as Northern Italian in Western Romany .
The science that deals with the Spanish language and literature is called Hispanic Studies . The Spanish- speaking area is known as Hispanophonie . Because of historical colonialism, Spanish is the most common mother tongue on the American double continent . B. through its function as the official language of numerous international organizations as a world language . (In Spain itself, however, Spanish is not the only language, see Languages in Spain ). The Instituto Cervantes is entrusted with maintaining the Spanish language worldwide .
Spanish is written with Latin letters . In modern Spanish, the acute accent is also used for vowels and the two characters ñ and ü . In older dictionaries , the ch and ll can still be found as separate letters.
History and background to the Castilian language
At the end of the Punic Wars , the Roman Empire tried to gradually expand its influence from northeastern Hispania over the entire Iberian Peninsula by defeating Carthage . The Roman military presence on the one hand and the expansion of the Roman administrative structures on the other led to the fact that the Latin language spread almost throughout the entire Iberian sphere of influence. Latin became the official language and thus the dominant lingua franca in the western Mediterranean. Then a regional folk Latin developed, sermo vulgaris or vulgar Latin , which was spoken in the Roman imperial period by military personnel, the legionaries , but also traders, immigrants from other Roman provinces and administrative staff, the officials, but often differed in terms of phonetic , syntactic , morphological and lexical structures differ from the Latin script and standard language . Nevertheless, this colloquial language used was not a clearly defined language with a defined structure.
In late antiquity , the political and economic changes ultimately led to the fall of the Roman Empire . In the period between 375 and 568 there was the migration of peoples and the division of the empire and, at the beginning of the 7th century, the transition to the Byzantine Empire in the eastern Mediterranean. This was followed by the phase of Visigothic occupation and the expansion of Islamic rule in the south ( al-Andalus ) of the Iberian Peninsula . The Visigoth culture had far less influence on the Spanish language spoken and emerging by the population than it had been achieved by the Islamic occupiers (see Mozarabic language ). In the period from 711 to 719, the Muslim conquerors ( Arabs and Berbers ) coming from North Africa destroyed the Visigoth empire and conquered almost the entire Iberian Peninsula ( Islamic expansion ). The Christian rebellion against foreign Muslim rule began in Asturias in 718 and became the starting point for the Reconquista (see also the Reconquista chronological table ). The latter only ended in 1492 with the complete dissolution of the last Muslim area of rule in the Emirate of Granada and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain .
The first known written document from Spain was written by a monk in the monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla . The Glosas Emilianenses , originally written in Latin, appeared in 964 in West Aragonese (also Navarro-Aragonese), an Ibero-Roman language that emerged from Vulgar Latin and is closely related to Castilian . With the Reconquista, the languages of the north finally spread to the south of the Iberian Peninsula; Castilian in the center of the peninsula and Galician in the west were particularly successful (see also Alfons VI ).
At the beginning of the 12th century, the Historia Roderici was created , which initially told the deeds of El Cid in Latin . Later, in 1235, a handwritten epic written in Old Spanish , El Cantar de Mio Cid, was published .
Subsequently, with Alfonso X. (the wise), a multifaceted monarch came to power who distinguished himself by writing texts even before his enthronement . During his reign he completed his extensive oeuvre with subjects on science ( astronomy ), history and law. As an intellectual pivot for the consolidation of the Spanish language and its emancipation from Latin or Vulgar Latin, he was the outstanding person in the 13th century.
At the time of the Catholic Kings , Alfonso Fernández de Palencia created a number of dictionaries with the well-known Latin-Spanish dictionary Universal vocabulario en latín y en romance (1490) . De Palencia relied on the Latin-Latin dictionary Elementarium Doctrinae Rudimentum by Papias , who came from Italy and was written around the years 1040 to 1050, and added Castilian expressions to the Latin lexicon.
In 1492 Antonio de Nebrija published the Gramática de la lengua castellana ("Grammar of the Castilian Language"). Nebrija's grammar was the first printed grammar of a Romance and non-classical language . The Chilean Andrés Bello also dealt with linguistics. He feared that the Spanish language could develop in the now independent countries of Hispanic America in a similar way to that which Latin took with its splitting into the various Romance languages. His declared aim was therefore to contribute to the unity of the Spanish language with his grammar.
Esteban de Terreros y Pando , a Jesuit Spanish philologist and lexicographer during the Enlightenment , compiled a Castilian dictionary, the Diccionario castellano con las voces de ciencias y artes , the first volume of which was printed in 1786.
The Real Academia Española has been the main institution for the care of the Spanish language since 1713. A founding director was Juan Manuel Fernández Pacheco . Dictionaries , grammars and orthographic dictionaries appear regularly under the roof of their house . The academy is one of the most important sources of Spanish language history. Its specifications are binding in school teaching and official use in Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries of America . In colloquial language it is often called Real Academia de la Lengua ("Royal Academy of Language") without the addition of Española . In 1771 the Academy's first grammar was published.
Origin and name
Spanish or Castilian developed from a Latin dialect spoken in the border area between Cantabria , Burgos , Álava and La Rioja to become the popular language of Castile (the written language, however, remained Latin for a long time). From this the name castellano (Castilian) was derived, which refers to the geographical origin of the language.
The other name, español (Spanish), comes from the medieval Latin name Hispaniolus or Spaniolus ( diminutive of "Spanish"). Ramón Menéndez Pidal advocates a further etymological explanation: The classic form hispanus or hispanicus received the suffix -one in Vulgar Latin (as in the terms bretón (Breton), frisón (Frisian) etc.) and changed from hispanione to the Old Castilian españón , “Which soon developed into español through the dissimilation of the two nasals , with the ending -ol, which is not used to denote nations”.
Historical and socio-economic developments and its widespread use as a lingua franca made Castilian the lingua franca of the entire Iberian Peninsula in coexistence with other languages spoken there: It is believed that around 80% of Spaniards spoke Castilian by the middle of the 16th century.
Castellano or Español ?
In Spanish-speaking countries the terms español and castellano are used in parallel, while in non- Spanish-speaking countries the language is almost exclusively used as "Spanish" ( Spanish , spagnolo , hiszpański ,لغة إسبانية / luġa isbāniyya etc.).
In South America , castellano tends to be preferred, whereas in Central America , Mexico and the USA español is more common. The constitutions of Spain, Bolivia , Ecuador , El Salvador , Colombia , Paraguay , Peru, and Venezuela use the term castellano ; Guatemala , Honduras , Cuba , Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama español . Both names are common in Spain. The Real Academia Española recommends the use of español except in situations in which it is important to distinguish it from the other independent languages occurring in Spain (Catalan, Basque , Galician etc.) .
The term castellano is also used as a name for the Romansh dialect spoken in Castile in the Middle Ages (from which modern Spanish arose) and for the dialect spoken in this region today. In Spain, the decision to use one term or another is sometimes politically motivated.
Spanish is currently (2017) spoken by around 440 million people as their mother tongue , making it the second most widespread mother tongue after Chinese and the second most widespread world language in the narrower sense of its definition after English . Including second-language speakers , the number of speakers (2017) amounts to 512 to 572 million.This means that Spanish - after English , Mandarin and Hindi - ranks fourth among the world's most widely spoken languages. Most Spanish speakers live in Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, and Spain. There are around 58 million speakers in the United States (as of 2017), which puts the United States in second place worldwide after Mexico and ahead of Colombia and Spain. Although the language does not have official status in any state, the number of speakers in some US states in the Southwest such as New Mexico and California , but also in Texas, is over 30%. In Belize (> 55% in 2010 compared to 46% in 2000), Morocco (just under 5% in 2017), Western Sahara and in Trinidad and Tobago , Spanish is spoken by a large proportion of the population. According to a 2015 study ( Ethnologue 2015), Spanish ranks second behind Mandarin with 399 million native speakers. In Portuguese-speaking countries such as Portugal and Brazil , Spanish is often understood due to its linguistic proximity , even if the Portuguese speakers do not speak the language themselves. Conversely, Portuguese is hardly understandable for Spanish speakers who do not speak the language because of its phonetic peculiarities. In linguistic contact zones in South America, mixed dialects have emerged, some of which are referred to as " Portuñol ".
With over 21 million learners, Spanish is also the second most widely learned foreign language in the world after English (along with French and Mandarin). As a supranational official and working language of Spanish is used in the European Union , the African Union , the Organization of American States , in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States , the Union of South American Nations , the Central American Integration System as well as the United Nations .
Institutions for language maintenance of Spanish
- (1) Castilian is the official Spanish language of the state. All Spaniards have a duty to master them and the right to use them.
- (2) The other Spanish languages are also official languages in the respective Autonomous Communities , insofar as their Statute of Autonomy so determine.
- (3) Spain’s richness in linguistic diversity is a cultural asset that is the subject of special respect and protection.
The Spanish Constitutional Court , Tribunal Constitucional , has decided in a landmark judgment : According to Paragraph 1, every citizen can use Castilian in dealings with any public institution (regardless of whether it is owned by the state, an autonomous community, a province or a municipality) and is entitled to receive an answer in this language. Conversely, according to paragraph 2, it follows from the statute of an additional regional official language that this then applies not only to the authorities of the autonomous community itself, but also to the state authorities in this region. In other words: just as regional authorities are prohibited from not accepting Castilian, the state institutions in the regions (such as the courts, the Policía Nacional or the Guardia Civil) are prohibited from not accepting the respective regional official language.
In the Kingdom of Spain, the Real Academia Española (RAE) is authoritative for maintaining the Spanish language. Its 46 members are well-known authors in the country who are appointed for life . It cooperates with the corresponding academies of the other Spanish-speaking countries in the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española . The Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española was founded in Mexico in 1951 , but is based in Madrid . It comprises 22 existing national academies of the Spanish language under the leadership of the Real Academia Española. This shows that Spanish is a pluricentric language .
The Instituto Cervantes was founded in 1991 by the Spanish government with the aim of promoting and disseminating the Spanish language and promoting the culture of Spain and all Spanish-speaking countries abroad.
The association Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (ASELE) is an association founded by professionals on January 30, 1987 in Madrid to promote the Spanish language for non-native speakers.
Spanish can be roughly divided into the following stages of development ( language levels ):
- Origins of Español ( orígenes de español ), up to 1200,
- Old Spanish ( español medieval ), from 1200 to 1450,
- Middle Spanish ( español clásico ), from 1450 to 1650,
- New Spanish ( español moderno or español contemporáneo ), since 1650.
In these periods and their run-up, it was subject to several influences. The category of pre-classical Spanish ( español preclásico ), from 1500 to 1560, is partially added.
Basque influences in the Spanish language
According to the current state of research, Basque is not genetically related to any other known language . It is what is called an isolated language . In the western Pyrenees of Spain (in the autonomous communities of Basque Country and Navarre ) and France ( French Basque Country ) Basque was able to hold its own against various Indo-European languages , including Celtic , Latin and today's Romance languages. The extent to which its original extent was on the Iberian Peninsula remains hypothetical. Basque is the only linguistic remnant from that era. Some influences seem to have shaped the Romance languages, such as the fact that the two neighboring Romance languages, Spanish but more strongly the southwest Occitan regional language Gaskognisch , show a reduction of the Latin “f” to “h”, which is used in the standard Spanish language today has fallen silent. This phenomenon is attributed to the influence of Basque, for comparison the Spanish place name Fuenterrabia, Basque Hondarribia, High Aragon Ongotituero .
Basque is an astrate because none of the languages has been abandoned. The following phenomenon can be traced back to the Basque influence: Replacement of the initial "[f]" by "[h]", which however fell away completely in the further course (farina → harina, factus → hecho, filius → hijo, furnus → horno) .
The oldest historically determined inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula were the Iberians ( Iberian language ). Around 600 BC Chr. Migrated Celtic tribes ( Celtic languages ) over the Pyrenees , which then with the Iberians to the Celtiberians mixed. If a population, under the influence of a new language, gives up their own language after a period of bilingualism in favor of the more prestigious new language, speaking habits still have an impact on them. The abandoned language is then called a substratum .
The Celtiberian had the following effects after the adoption of Latin:
- Sonorisation of the intervocal plosives “[p]”, “[t]”, “[k]” to “[b]”, “[d]”, “[g]” (amica → amiga / apotheca → bodega) .
- Lenization of the nexus “[kt]” via “[çt]” to “[it]”. In Castilian, the nexus developed further. The “t” was also palatalized by the preceding Palatal . Hence noctem → noche .
Latin influence as the basis
In the 3rd century BC The Romans began conquering the Iberian Peninsula. At that time Iberian , Celtiberian , Basque , Tartessian , Lusitan and, especially in coastal towns, Punic and Greek were spoken here. The entire peninsula has been in Roman hands since the emperor Augustus .
Due to a strong military presence and numerous Roman officials, the Latin language spread very quickly. Latin became the culture-defining colloquial language via vulgar Latin , which gradually pushed back the original Iberian languages. Only in the western Pyrenees did Latin encounter stronger resistance, so that the original language Basque was retained there.
When the Visigoths invaded Spain in 414, Latin was already spoken with a local color throughout the peninsula. Although the Visigoths ruled Spain for the next three centuries, they had little influence on the language and social life (only about two to three percent of the population were Goths). One reason the Romans and Goths did not mix was mainly religious: the Romans were Catholics , the Goths Arians . After King Rekkared I and his people converted to Catholicism in 589 , the Gothic soon disappeared completely.
However, there are some words in Spanish that are of Germanic origin (e.g. ganso ). It is assumed, however, that these were not brought to Spain by the Goths, but by the Romans, who came into contact with Germanic tribes in Gaul .
The ending -ez of many today's Spanish family names probably goes back to the language of the Visigoths (see patronymic ). It had the meaning "son of" (cf. Isl. -Son ), so Rodríguez was the son of Rodrigo (Roderich). Exemplary are the kings of Navarre from the house of Jiménez from 905 to 1076: The founder of the dynasty Sancho I. Garcés was successively followed by García I. Sánchez, Sancho II. Garcés, García II. Sánchez, Sancho III. Garcés, García III. Sánchez and Sancho IV. Garcés, the successor being the son of the predecessor.
The Moorish conquerors who began their expansion from Africa to the east and north of the peninsula in 711 had a more permanent influence on the vocabulary of Spanish . They occupied the entire Iberian Peninsula with the exception of the Cantabrian Mountains , where groups of the Christian indigenous population sought refuge and from where the later reconquest ("Reconquista") began.
When this reconquest was completed with the fall of Granada in 1492 , many Arabic words had found their way into Spanish by then. Many of these words did not originally come from Arabic at all, but from other languages and were only conveyed through Arabic. According to an evaluation of the dictionary of the Real Academia Española from 1995, today's Spanish still contains 1,285 borrowings from Arabic, the "Arabisms". Thus, Spanish is the Romance language with the most Arabic loanwords .
These are not only cultural terms, but also terms for terms used in everyday life, e.g. B. aceite "oil", aceituna (also: oliva ) "olive", alfombra "carpet". Also azafata ( "flight attendant," the word has been reactivated) is of Arab origin. The word ojalá ("hopefully") is a Hispanic form of the Arabic phrase Inschallah (ان شاء الله) and actually means "God willing".
Arabic loanwords and their derivatives can be found in the following vocabulary areas: administration and political system, army, coinage, natural sciences, agriculture (agriculture, irrigation systems), household items, clothing, food, flora and fauna and others. A considerable part of these words originally comes from Persian , Aramaic , from Indian languages (e.g. ajedrez from čaturaṅga , via the Persian chatrang and the Arabic shatranj ), the Greek (e.g. guitarra via Arabic qiθārā , from Greek κιθάρα ) or even Latin (e.g. alcázar from Latin castra ) and only got into Spanish through Arabic and in Arabic form.
In contrast to other languages which, when adopting Arabic words, use the Arabic article al (ال), can be found in many loan words in Spanish that al again, for example, with "sugar" (Spanish azúcar , Italian zucchero , Arabicالسكر as-sukkar - here it isﻝ(l) of the article assimilated ).
American indigenous influences
Inner-Iberian influences up to Spanish today
From the non-classical Vulgar Latin different Romance dialects developed over time under different geographical and ethnographic influences. One of these dialects, Castilian, originated in a weakly Romanized area of northern Spain, in the border area of today's Spanish provinces of Burgos , La Rioja , Vizcaya and Álava . This dialect of Old Castile is characterized by the fact that it was more strongly influenced by the pre-Romanesque languages and later became the written and national language of Spain due to political circumstances .
It was especially the counts of Old Castile who, in constant battles against the Arabs, extended their state territory to the south. In the course of this Reconquista movement, Old Castilian pushed like a wedge into the rest of the Romance-speaking area and pushed the other language forms to the western ( Asturian - Leonese and Galician, from which Portuguese later developed) and eastern (Aragonese, Catalan) periphery of the Landes, which increased the range of the Castilian language enormously. In the areas conquered by the Moors, it then displaced Arabic and Mozarabic (Romance dialects that were articulated by Christians in the Moorish-ruled lands, but were written in Arabic script).
In the second half of the 11th century, Castile was proclaimed a kingdom and Toledo was designated the capital in 1085. As a result, the Castilian dialect established itself as the court and colloquial language of the young kingdom, which is why current Spanish has a Toledan color. The reforms of Ferdinand III are of language-political importance . (1217–1252) and Alfons X. (1252–1282), through whom Latin was abolished in its documentary use and Castilian took over its function. During the end of the Middle Ages, Castilian spread not only as a written medium, but also verbally outside of Castile.
In 1713, based on the French model, the Real Academia de la Lengua was finally established , which is a recognized authority on language issues. The Diccionario de Autoridades was published between 1726 and 1739, and the first grammar appeared in 1771. Today the Academy publishes the dictionary Diccionario de la Lengua Española and the extensive grammar work Nueva Gramática de la Lengua Española in collaboration with the language academies of the other Spanish-speaking countries .
Spanish spelling pursues the ideal of reproducing the spoken word sound for sound. Foreign words that are often adopted are adjusted in their spelling in such a way that the pronunciation results automatically again (examples: English bacon becomes Spanish beicon or English football becomes Spanish fútbol ). This only applies to the Latin American variants with restrictions (letters are sometimes pronounced differently if the word is of Indian origin, especially ll and x ).
A special feature of the Spanish language is to introduce questions and exclamation sentences with the ¿ ( signo de interrogación ) or the ¡ ( signo de exclamación , sometimes also signo de admiración ). Otherwise, this only happens in the Asturian and Galician languages . The question mark was introduced by the Real Academia Española in 1754 in the second edition of the orthography.
- El español es muy fácil, ¿verdad?
- ¡Por supuesto!
- Spanish is very easy, right?
- ¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?
- Bien, ¿y tú?
- Hello! How are you?
- Fine, and you?
The inverted exclamation mark " ¡ " for the Spanish language is in ISO 8859-1 and Unicode on Code 161 (U + 00A1) and can be generated under Windows on any keyboard via Alt+173 on the number pad or Alt+ 0161. On a Macintosh this is generated by Alt+ 1/!, on Linux / X11 by ⇧+ AltGr+ 1/!. An inverted, upside-down question mark " ¿ " can be entered as follows; under Windows with German assignment using the key combination Alt+168 , the digits of the so-called number block must be used or Alt+ 0191. On the Macintosh it is created with Alt+ ß/?, on Linux with ⇧+ AltGr+ ß/?.
There are five monophthongs in Spanish .
|Plosives||p b||t d||k g|
|Flaps / trills||ɾ r|
|Fricatives||β||f||θ ð||s||x ɣ|
In dialect, s is sometimes pronounced like h before plosives , e.g. B. España ("Spain") as ɛhˈpaɲa . A distinction between the sounds / ʎ / and / ʝ / or / j / is not made in the entire Spanish-speaking area, especially not in Latin America , which is clear from the Yeísmo . In Spain itself, ll is sometimes pronounced in dialect like d͡ʑ or d͡ʐ .
Like other Romance languages, Spanish is an analytically inflected language - in contrast to the synthetically inflected languages such as Latin - in which most inflected forms consist of several parts (e.g. el padre , del padre al padre , al padre los padres y las madres ). Spanish has two grammatical genders and over 50 conjugated forms per verb , but a limited inflection of verbs, nouns and determinatives . Despite frequent variations, its syntax usually consists of subject-verb-object and adjectives are usually placed after the noun they refer to. In this context, one speaks of a pro-drop language , in which pronouns can be left out if they are not absolutely necessary for understanding.
Parts of speech, formation
|Meaning, function ↓||Forms, classes|
|Lexically||Noun ( sustantivo ) , verb ( verbo ), adjective ( adjetivo )||Adverb ( adverbio ), number word ( nombre numeral )|
|Grammatically||Article ( articulo ), pronoun ( pronombre )||Preposition ( preposición ), conjunction ( conjuncion )|
For the production of new words from existing words, i.e. word formation , formación de palabras , a distinction is made between two variants: word derivation ( derivation , derivación ) and word composition ( composition , composición ).
In the area of loan words or borrowing , for example in the terminology of electronic data processing , the English language has a great influence . The Internet vocabulary in Spanish in particular has a high number of Anglicisms or Anglo-American word creations.
- a- , des- , in- , i- , im- , ir- . Examples: a- político , DES acertado , in- formal , i- legible , import posible , ir- racional .
Nouns , adverbs , verbs and adjectives serve as basic lexemes for negative word formation . Parts of speech which all belong to the auto semantics . Some words are able to bind two different prefixes. Example: in-moral and a-moral .
Varieties of the Spanish language
Equatorial Guinean Spanish
In addition to its spread in Europe, Spanish is also used in Asia, i. H. spoken in the Philippines. Many islands, towns, as well as the Filipinos and the country itself, have Spanish names that come from the colonial era.
Spanish is by far the most significant in America, being spoken as a mother tongue in most countries. Since it occupies a very large area there and since centuries have passed since the colonization by the Spaniards , the Spanish language in the Greater Antilles and in the rest of Latin America shows certain deviations from European Spanish. These are not too large in written and lingua franca, whereas the colloquial language and dialects of the individual countries differ considerably, not only in terms of pronunciation, but also in terms of vocabulary.
The Spanish-speaking world
Red: official language, blue: official language among others, pink: important language, but not an official language
In the grammatical area, apart from the peculiarities in the use of the past tenses (dominance of the indefinido ) and the voseo, there are no particularities worth mentioning.
In contrast, some words have definitely changed their meanings. Some of the deviations can be traced back to the influence of indigenous languages, which varies in intensity in the individual regions. In Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Venezuela , the influences of US English on the Spanish vocabulary are also noticeable , which are much more pronounced than in Europe. In general, the Latin American vocabulary can be described as archaic compared to the continental European one (i.e. the expression often appears outdated or historicizing to Europeans).
A characteristic, distinctive feature of Latin American speakers is the language melody, which differs greatly from European Spanish . The differences in this relationship between Andean Spanish , the La Plata dialects, Mexico and Central America, and the Caribbean dialects are practically as great as they are with Continental Spanish , so that general rules are difficult to define.
Although pronunciation and vocabulary vary greatly between and also in individual Latin American countries, there are some main differences between the language of South and Central America and European Spanish.
Differences in grammar
- The past tense Pretérito Perfecto (he comprado) is marginally in use in some countries such as Argentina . Instead, the Pretérito Indefinido (compré) is mostly used , unless one explicitly wants to emphasize the “still-ongoing” of an action.
- The salutation ustedes (from vuestra merced, for example: "Euer Gnaden"), used in Spain exclusively as a form of courtesy in formal contact (cf. “Siezen” in German ) is the standard language and generally widespread form of address in Latin America, regardless of language level or familiarity. The 2nd person plural is not used at all in the American-speaking world and is always replaced by the address in the 3rd person. Instead of the personal pronoun vosotros , however , ustedes is always used (one of the few rules that apply universally to all of Latin America). In the singular, too, the address in the 2nd person with tú is less common in some areas (or seems harsh or pedantic) and you either use vos or the 3rd person with usted .
- With the Voseo , which is widespread in many parts of Latin America, the pronoun vos is used in the 2nd person singular instead of the personal pronoun tú or ti and the verbs are conjugated accordingly differently (for example vos sos, standard Spanish tú eres "you are"). The grammatical rules for Voseo are applied differently from region to region, so variants such as vos tomás, tú tomás and vos tomas (standard Spanish tú tomas ) are possible.
- It can be found practically in Argentina, Uruguay , Paraguay and Nicaragua and, to a lesser extent, in other countries such as Guatemala , the Venezuelan state of Zulia and the Colombian regions of Paisa and Valle de Cauca.
- Costa Rica is a special case, as tú is not used, but vos and usted alike.
- A smaller special form of Voseo is common in Chile , where in the informal language in the 2nd person singular a verb form reminding of the 2nd person plural or the conjugation forms of the Voseo is used. The verbs ending in -ar have the ending -ái (s) in the 2nd person singular
- Examples: ¿Cómo estás? becomes ¿Cómo estái (s)? ¿Qué haces? becomes ¿Qué hacís? or ¿Qué hací (h)? or ¿Te acuerdas? becomes ¿Te acordái (s)?
- In this regard, the parallels to Italian are noteworthy , where the ending of the 2nd person singular is always -i . Generally tú is used as pronoun and only rarely vos, which has an even more casual (often aggressive) character.
Phonetically , the Voseo in Chile and Venezuela are similar , since the conjugation in this corresponds to the classical form (-áis, -éis, -ís) , but the final-s is breathed in just like in Chile.
- Examples: ¿Cómo estáis? ¿Qué hacéis? ¿Venís? (spoken ¿kómo ehtáih? ¿ké aséih? ¿beníh? ).
Differences in vocabulary
There are many discrepancies between the European and Latin American vocabulary and also various semantic peculiarities within Latin America from country to country . They mainly concern colloquial language and terms used in everyday life. Serious communication problems between speakers (and their mental lexicon ) from different European and American sub-areas of the Spanish-speaking area, however, usually hardly exist.
- Some examples
|German||europ. Chip.||americ. Chip.||a Spanish or non-native speaker could understand|
|butter||mantequilla||manteca (Argentina, Paraguay)||Lard, fat|
|strawberry||fresa||frutilla (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay)||Fruit|
|Icebox||nevera||refrigerador, heladera (Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay)||Cooler; Ice cream seller|
|skirt||falda||pollera (Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay)||Chicken seller|
carro (Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Central America)
auto (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay)
máquina (Argentina; from Italian macchina for car)
|Cart, handcart (carro)
banano, guineo (Caribbean, Central America)
banana (Argentina, Paraguay)
alubias (Canary Islands)
frijoles (Mexico, Peru, Central America)
porotos (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay)
|potato||patata||papa (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Central America, Canary Islands)||Pope (but then masculine),
father (if final as papá )
|truck||camión||troca (northern Mexican states and "Californian slang Spanish", from American-English truck )|
- Depending on the country, there are a different number of words that were borrowed from the respective languages of the indigenous peoples . Some of them have also reached European Spanish. These include a. the terms aguacate ("avocado") and patata ("potato", see table).
- In particular, names for fruits or vegetables vary greatly among the local varieties in the various Spanish-speaking countries. In the Dominican Republic, for example, “the orange” is called la china , “the mandarin” la italiana , “the papaya” la lechoza , “the banana” el guineo and “the passion fruit” la chinola - expressions that are often used not only in Spain and South America, but even in neighboring countries like Cuba or Mexico are no longer understood. The same applies to terms such as frutilla - "strawberry" ( called fresa in Europe ), ají - "hot paprika" ( European chili ) or palta - "avocado" ( European aguacate ), as they are common in Chile and some other South American countries are.
- Misunderstandings are most likely to occur with words that have a special colloquial meaning in addition to their general meaning in certain countries.
- The verb coger (“take, grasp, catch”), which is harmless in Spain and often used for all sorts of situations, is a common expression for sexual intercourse in a few countries in Latin America (especially Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) . The phrase “I'll take the bus” ( Voy a coger el autobús ) therefore means “I'll fuck the bus” among Argentines. Throughout Latin America, the verb tomar ("take, ingest, drink") is used more often than coger .
- In the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Canary Islands, the word guagua denotes an inner-city " bus ", in Andean countries such as Chile, Peru or Ecuador it stands for "crawling" or "toddler" (here: Xenism from the Quechua ), so that in this case too, misunderstandings are predetermined.
- In most Latin American countries, adjectives such as bonito / -a or lindo / -a are used to describe “pretty” or “beautiful” . The guapo / -a widespread in Spain , on the other hand, is uncommon and in some countries (such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic) means “aggressive” or “wild”. So una chica guapa is a pretty girl in Madrid and an angry girl in Havana .
Differences in pronunciation
Many Latin American pronunciation peculiarities are reminiscent of southern Spanish dialects and are primarily present because in the 16th and 17th centuries most of the Spanish immigrants came from southern Spain (especially Extremadura and Andalusia ) (see also Andalusian dialect ).
- The Seseo is typical . While in European Spanish a z is mostly pronounced like a voiceless English “th” , in Latin American articulation it sounds like a voiceless “s” sound . The same applies to the “c” before e and i (e.g. in nación ).
- The Yeísmo occurs practically in all of Latin America, with the exception of the Andean region and Paraguay. Two special forms are widespread in the Río de la Plata states (Argentina, Uruguay). There the phoneme ll is not pronounced like a German “j”, but voiced like a soft “sch”, increasingly voiceless like a German “sch” (Šeísmo) .
- Depending on the region, "j" is sometimes pronounced more and sometimes less harshly. The pronunciation varies from the Spanish hard and back “ch” to the German rather softer “ch” (as in Buch “ch”) to the conventional “h”.
- Regionally differentiated in the expression is the silencing or changing of certain endings.
- This phenomenon is particularly pronounced in the Caribbean and sometimes leads to severe comprehension problems for inexperienced listeners. In particular, the word ending -ar is pronounced differently as -á , -al or -ai (e.g. in the north of the Dominican Republic near Puerto Plata ). The infinitive caminar becomes caminá , caminal or caminai - analogously to verbs ending in -er or -ir, poner is often pronounced ponel or ponei .
- “D” is often not spoken at the end of a word, but the stress remains on the last syllable. Example: ciudad is spoken like siudá . The "d" is usually left out between vowels, for example cansado becomes cansao .
- "S" in the final syllable or at the end of the word is often spoken as a breath or is completely silent. The tendency, the "s" to breathe (z. B. ehtoy instead estoy ) is found in many coastal dialects and appears again the Andalusian similar.
- Due to the factual disappearance of the 2nd person plural in Latin American Spanish, the 2nd person singular can often not be distinguished from the 3rd person singular.
- Example: ¿Qué quiere? (“What does he / she want?”) Could ¿Qué quieres? Before the “s” is omitted. ("What do you want?") Have meant.
- There are exceptions in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, some Central American countries and some regions of Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia.
- In large parts of Chile, querís is used in the 2nd person singular instead of quieres . The ending -as is replaced by -ái and -es by -ís , with the ending -s either breathed in or omitted from the pronunciation. In both cases the last syllable is stressed, which sometimes leads to a change in the other vowels within the word.
- Example: ¿Adonde vai? (“Where are you going?”) Instead of ¿Adonde vas? venís ("you are coming") instead of vienes ; podís (“you can”) instead of puedes .
- This also applies to almost all other forms of the 2nd person singular.
- In Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, some Central American countries as well as in parts of Colombia and Bolivia, the word quieres querés (also often with a breathy ending -s) is used, which is based on the conjugation form of the old Spanish vos . In these countries, tú vos is also used instead of tú , which also means “you”, but has a different conjugation form.
- So it is not called puedes (“you can”), but podés . In contrast to the vosotros form common in Spain, the "i" is not pronounced here.
- The verbs in the -ir conjugation, which correspond to the vosotros form (e.g. vivís ) , are an
- The vos- dependent conjugation in Venezuela (state of Zulia) corresponds to that of vosotros ( -áis, -éis, -ís ), although the “final s” is only breathed in, making the verbs aurally similar to the Chilean ones.
- Due to the overall strong differences between the 2nd and 3rd person singular, the tendency to weaken the "final s" is put into perspective again.
- Due to the factual disappearance of the 2nd person plural in Latin American Spanish, the 2nd person singular can often not be distinguished from the 3rd person singular.
- Example of “d” and “s” falling silent in a sentence: estamos cansados (“we are tired”) becomes e (h) tamo (h) cansao when pronounced .
|General 1||Chile||Venezuela 2|
|¿Qué hacés?||¿Qué hacís?||¿Qué hacéis?|
|¿Cómo estás?||¿Cómo estái?||¿Cómo estáis?|
|¿Adonde vas?||¿Adonde vai?||¿Adonde vais?|
1 Generally means all other countries with Voseo
2 In the state of Zulia
Languages derived from Spanish
Spanish has e.g. T. other variants and mixed forms developed.
- Daughter language:
- Hybrid dialects, d. H. Mixed languages exist wherever Spanish and Portuguese meet:
- Creole languages :
Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos y, dotados como están de razón y conciencia, deben comportarse fraternalmente los unos con los otros.
“All people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should meet one another in a spirit of brotherhood. "
Examples spoken by a resident of Madrid:
- (24 KB) - "What's new?"
- (29 KB) - "Thanks, I'm fine, and you?"
- (27 KB) - "Goodbye, see you tomorrow."
Two examples from the book The Little Prince suggest the differences between European and American pronunciation. They come from two different translations of the French original:
Language traps: "Falsos Amigos"
The following articles deal with the typical mistakes that can occur when learning and translating the Spanish language:
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