American Spanish dialects. Chile, Río de la Plata, Paraguay
Carlos Muñoz Pérez, Andrés Saab
March 2021

This chapter describes the main linguistic features of three South-American dialects: Chile Spanish, Río de la Plata Spanish and Paraguay Spanish. Assuming Kayne's conjecture that all relevant linguistic variation, in particular syntactic variation, can be reduced to microparameters, i.e., to a subset of properties present in a subset of functional items, we dismiss the distinction between Spanish and its dialects, and adopt the equation: "dialect = language". Then, we introduce some historical and geographical background in order to set the ulterior description, which is essentially an overview of the main lexical, phonological/phonetic, morphological and syntactic particularities of the three dialects/languages. Yet, the description is intentionally not balanced, since we particularly focused on certain syntactic features of these dialects that clearly illustrate what Kayne's conjecture is about. So the chapter is offered, first , as a basic overview of the dialects under consideration and, second, as a gateway, or just an invitation, for further inquiry on dialectal variation from a microparametric perspective.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005829
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Published in: In preparation for Ángel Gallego & Cristina Sánchez López (eds.) "A Guide to Spanish Dialects: Descriptive and theoretical aspects of linguistic variation in the Hispanic world", OUP
keywords: spanish variation, south-america, chile, paraguay, río de la plata, microvariation, morphology, syntax, phonology
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