For anyone who has ever lived in Sevilla, or anywhere in the South of Spain, you may have noticed a distinct language variation in the pronunciation of Spanish. Though of course there are many dialectical differences across Spanish speaking countries, the South of Spain seems to have a greater number of noticeable differences than many of the other Spanish dialects.
Here are the dialects spoken throughout Spain:
- Other Smaller Dialects
Here in the South, we speak the Andalusian dialect. It has a few noticeable pronunciation differences, namely:
- Deletion of consonants 'd' and 'r'
- Aspiration of 's' at the end of words
- Deletion of final consonant of words
This makes learning standard Spanish here particularly difficult.
Spanish is hardly the only language to have so many language variations though. With the immense number of languages spoken around the globe, it is interesting to think about where one language ends and where another begins.
Take a look at how John McWhorter details what the world can really call a dialect, and what is really a language... or if those distinctions should really exist at all!