Andalusian Accent

Danielle Fletcher
• Sunday, 01 November, 2020
• 9 min read

Due to the large population of Andalusia, the Andalusian dialects are among the ones with more speakers in Spain. Andalusian has a number of distinguishing phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical features.

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Areas of Andalusia in which ESEO (green), CECEI (red), or the distinction of c / z and s (white) predominate. CECEI predominates in more southerly parts of Andalusia, including the provinces of Cádiz, southern Huelva, rural areas of Málaga and Seville (except the northern parts of both provinces and the city of Seville) and south-western Granada.

A common stereotype about CECEI is that it is mostly found in backward rural areas, but the predominance of CECEI in major cities such as Huelva and Cádiz (where, on the other hand, one can also find distinction, depending on the neighborhood) is enough proof to refute this. Distinction is mostly found in the provinces of Almería, eastern Granada, Jaén, and the northern parts of Córdoba and Huelva.

The influence of media and school is now strong in Andalusia and this is eroding traditional ESEO and CECEI. In Western Andalusian, // is an fabricate in all instances, whereas in standard Spanish this realization only occurs after a nasal or pause.

This is the continuation of the tendency of edition in Vulgar Latin which developed into the Romance languages. For example, Pierce becomes * peace ('it appears'), quires becomes * quiet ('you want') and padre and made may sometimes become * PAE and * Mae ('father' and 'mother', respectively).

Obstructs (/b d p t k f s x /) and colorants (/r m n l/) often assimilate the place of articulation of the following consonant producing germination (or delocalization); e.g. Perl ~ ('pearl'), care ~ ('meat'), acquire ~ ('I acquired'), MIMO ~ ('same'), DESE ~ ('from'), ranges ~ ('traits'). In Andalusian and Murcia Spanish syllable-final /s/ is very unstable; often assimilated to before /b/ (/SB/ ), as in desbaratar * effaratar ~ ('to ruin, to disrupt') or to (where CECEI or distinction occur) before // (/so/ ), as in as censor ('lift').

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In Eastern Andalusian dialects, including also Murcia Spanish, the previous vowel is also lowered. Thus, in these varieties one distinguishes la Casey ('the house') and leis cases ('the houses') by a final deleted or aspirated /s/ and front vowels, whereas northern Spanish speakers would have and and central vowels.

This often gives rise to a situation where two different words sound exactly the same, as with the infinitive mortar ('to cut'), the imperative ¡cor tad! The geographical extent of this consonant drop is variable, and in some cases, like final do, common to most of Spain.

/to/ undergoes deification to in Western Andalusia, including cities like Seville and Cádiz, e.g. such ('s/he listens'). /x/ is usually aspirated or pronounced except in some eastern Andalusian subvarieties (i.e. Jaén, Granada, Almería provinces), where the dorsal is retained.

Before (Western Andalusian), /r/ can be pronounced in two ways: it may be elided, thus leaving only the or it may be retained, intensifying the aspirated sound of the . For example, the standard second-person plural verb forms for IR ('to go') are visitors vies (informal) and Swedes van (formal), but in Western Andalusian one often hears Swedes vies for the informal version.

The standard form of imperative, second-person plural with a reflexive pronoun (visitors) is Laos, or taros in informal speech, whereas in Andalusian, and other dialects, too, use is used instead, so ¡Callao ya! Many words of Arabic, Roman and Old Spanish origin occur in Andalusian which are not found in other dialects in Spain (but many of these may occur in South American and, especially, in Caribbean Spanish dialects due to the greater influence of Andalusian there).

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For example: dispenser instead of standard lloviznar or crispier ('to drizzle'), Baruch instead of Padilla ('slipper'), Chavez instead of naval ('kid') or anti for anteater ('the day before yesterday'). A few words of Andalusia Arabic origin that have become archaisms or unknown in general Spanish can be found, together with multitude of sayings: e.g. hacienda morisquetas (from the word Morocco, meaning pulling faces and gesticulating, historically associated with Muslim prayers).

Some words pronounced in the Andalusian dialects have entered general Spanish with a specific meaning. The flamenco lexicon incorporates many Andalusia, for example, Cantor, doctor, and Bailey, which are examples of the dropped “d”; in standard spelling these would be Cantor, locator, and ballad, while the same terms in more general Spanish may be cant ante, music, and Britain.

In other cases, the dropped “d” may be used in standard Spanish for terms closely associated with Andalusian culture. Floret, Maria-Rosa (2007), “On the Nature of Vowel Harmony: Spreading with a Purpose”, in Bisects, Antonietta; Barrier, Francesco (eds.

Romero Núñez, Miguel (1992): “UN aspect ode lexicology historical margin ado: Los prestos Del Calo” (en Cervantes Virtual) Altar, Manuel: A deltas con El ESEO y El CECEI (Alicante) Guitar, Guillermo L. (1992): “Became y palaces fines” (en Cervantes Virtual) Being a native English speaker, I know there are tons of different accents for the language: British (and its many variations), Boston, Southern, and Irish.

What I’ve learned the most in my time in Spain is how different Spanish accents are across the country. For anyone interested in coming to southern Spain, Andalusia specifically, and hoping to understand what is being said, here are a few tips to help you out.

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Visitors is the term used to refer to ‘you guys.’ It was always brushed to the side because it wasn’t relevant to speaking the language. I learned the different ways of pronouncing certain letter combinations in Spanish classes: the double l, ñ, and different vowels.

What I didn’t expect to hear was the dropping of the letter “s.” A simple saying such as “mochas gracias” turns into “much Garcia.” Usually it is only dropped at the end of the words but I have heard exceptions such as “España.” Words with the letter “c” or “z” are oftentimes pronounced “TH.” It’s almost as if the whole country has a bit of a lisp.

All these things combined make me listen a little harder to what people are saying in order to try and understand. A few days ago I was drinking a beer with one of my colleagues and his group after finishing a walking tour around the historic center of Seville.

I do not want to repeat a content which is easy to find on the internet, but we have a particular pronunciation, and also a particular way to build expressions and sentences. Considering Andalusian as a language, a dialect or just an accent I think it is just a question of power.

Catalonia was not considered a language until the 19th century and this status was reached in part thanks to the intellectual and political movement called Renascence. Probably, but one of the first steps is to collect everything was written in Andalusian before and create a new system to write it.

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Being honest, I am still not sure if Andalusian could be considered a language nowadays, but a writing system is more necessary than ever. On the one hand, we are taught to read and write “properly” and that means in standard Spanish or Castilian.

Also, a very important reason is for writing down the lyrics of flamenco songs, totally sung in Andalusian. He came to my home to interview my husband as he is a teacher of Castilian Language and Literature in Andalusia.

That morning I was thinking about writing this post, so I took my opportunity to interview Benjamin because I wanted to know how it is possible that a German person could be interested in the Andalusian language. He was studying Spanish Linguistics and the first time he went to the University of Córdoba to sign up he did not understand a word from the people.

Later, he met local people who explained to him that their way of talking was different to the standard Spanish. He decided to do his PhD about this and his director thought it would be a great idea because there was nobody in the University of Kiel studying Andalusian.

During his experience in Córdoba he noticed his friends combined perfectly the Spanish and Andalusian identities: while inside of Spain they felt Andalusian, in a European context they alluded to a Spanish identity. For example, Angela Merkel is from Saxonia, and she tries to speak with a standard German, but she cannot achieve it 100%.

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Anatolia’e teeth en Randall” by Human Portal Blank. The translation of the title into Spanish is quite complicated, so in English could be a hard work.

“L’Arabia” in Spanish is “la Albania”, the place where seeds are growth. I’m Christine, a proud Seattle ite (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.) and now an adopted Espinoza, living in Andalusia, Spain.

I studied abroad in Greece the summer going into my senior year of college and fell head-over-heels in love with travel. The history, the food, the culture, and how everything was so completely foreign to me evolved into absolute wanderlust.

Naturally, after such a life-changing experience, long-term travel wasn’t something I could imagine putting off until retirement. I initially found an appear job after several months of searching online and saving up, and moved across the world to pursue my dreams.

Then, I fell victim to the country’s charms and am I approaching my second year as an expat. Teaching wasn’t ever something I imagined doing, but my luck of being a Native English speaker has opened up a lot of opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise in Spain.

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With the unemployment rate lingering around 40% for youth, I feel extremely lucky to be able to live here comfortably, all because I happen to speak English. My true passion however, is writing, and I keep myself feeling fulfilled with freelance gigs.

Andalusia is also the heart of everything that jumps to mind when you think of Spain: the bullfighting, the flamenco, the beaches, the warm weather and the whitewashed villages dotting the hills…it’s quite the picturesque, romantic place to call home. Also, I’m a huge fan of Jason Iberian (cured ham) and Spanish olive oil, which originate from this region.

It’s unique from the rest of Spain and actually a source of pride for many of the Andalusian people. They tend to eat a lot of the endings of words, and not speak clearly, which makes it a difficult place to learn the language.

I miss lots of trivial things like the milk back home (it tastes very different here and isn’t refrigerated in the stores!) Centralized heating in the winter time, cheap electricity bills, my car, and just the ease that comes with being in your own culture.

The first year I was here, I met other Au pairs through the family I was living with, then a group of international friends through Couch surfing and through a Spanish language school I was attending. All the friends I had made (a mix of Spaniards and foreigners) left the city I’m living in, so I’ve essentially had to start from scratch and go through the process of meeting people all over again.

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It’s beautiful to have so many distinct cultures and languages in one country, but the regional pride can be a bit excessive at times. And if you do know the local language, realize that cultural differences will still exist.

Realize that while living in a new country is new and exciting, you’ll eventually settle into a daily life in your adopted country and every day will not be like what it was when you were studying abroad or backpacking. Like many, I initially started my blog as a means of staying in touch with my friends and family back home when I first arrived in Spain in late 2009.

From there, I started connecting with several other travel bloggers, and my readership grew which encouraged me to continue writing within this niche. My blog has been beneficial primarily from the connections it’s helped me make with other expats and travelers.

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