Argentina: Language Situation

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Year:
2006
Type of Publication:
In Book
Keywords:
Argentina Cocoliche Guaraní Italian Mapudungun Quechua Romance languages Spanish voseo
Authors:
  • Gonzalez, P.
Editor:
Keith, Brown
Pages:
460-461
Publisher:
Elsevier
Address:
Oxford
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Abstract:
Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in South America. Its natural borders are the Atlantic on the east side and the Andes on the west side. There are 40 million Argentineans; 12 million live in the capital, Buenos Aires. Spanish is the official language in Argentina. Quechua in the northwest, Guaraní in the northeast, and Mapudungun in the south are indigenous languages that have contributed to the regional distinction of the Spanish lexicon and pronunciation in the Argentinean territory. European languages have also had a great influence on the Spanish dialect of Argentina, especially Italian.