Andalusian Dialect

David Lawrence
• Sunday, 25 October, 2020
• 7 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.

In addition, the Andalusian is a dialect used in the British territory of Gibraltar, in the Bay of Algebras, and also coexists with the Portuguese in those locations bordering the province of Huelva. It is not surprising that a language such as Spanish, with more than 400 million native speakers spread throughout the world, presents different and diverse dialect variants.

Andalusia is a vibrant region where we can discover different forms of expression which are unique and proper of each area. However, this mainly theoretical perspective has not made an impression on the social ground, giving rise to many topics and false myths.

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It is possible that you have ever heard someone, who is not a native speaker of Andalusian Spanish, imitating the accent, sometimes even making fun of it, as well as the peculiarities of this linguistic modality. Andalusian Spanish is just another form of expression that enriches us all, since, in addition, languages and their variants are not watertight compartments with rigidly established borders and limits.

* At the beginning of the 20th century, Andalusian Spanish was about to be considered a regional and cultural variant also on a written level. He knew that Andalusian Spanish was a language full of joy and musicality, something reflected in all his poetic and theatrical production.

Andalusian is the Spanish of Andalusia and the language used by great geniuses like Gustavo Adolfo Becker, Pablo Picasso or Federico García Lorna. At don Quixote, we hope you enjoy this article and that it helps you to expand your knowledge of the Spanish varieties spoken in cities such as Malaga, Seville or Cádiz.

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.

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Probably, but one of the first steps is to collect everything was written in Andalusian before and create a new system to write it. This is the idea of the Copied pal Studio ‘El Randall (Society for the Study of Andalusian language).

*Verses from the book “Campos de Castilla” by the Andalusian poet Antonio Machado 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. His curiosity about the Andalusian dialect was increasing as time went by, especially because in his German University they did not talk to him about dialects in Spain.

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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%. So in my opinion Benjamin, Sea, and many other people who work and research about it are doing something good for me and my community.

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.

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