Cordobés Spanish

This article is about the Spanish spoken in Córdoba, Argentina. For that of Córdoba, Spain, see Andalusian Spanish.
Variants of Spanish language spoken in Argentina by Berta Elena Vidal de Battini[1]

Cordobés Spanish is a regional accent of the Spanish language spoken by the inhabitants of the city of Córdoba, Argentina, and its adjacent territories. Known as Cordobés or tonada cordobesa, this accent is often is subject to humorous references in Argentinean media and popular culture.[2]

This accent is notably different from the local accents in the provinces neighbouring Córdoba. Seemingly unique, Cordobés is thought to derive from the languages spoken by the Comechingones, the local indigenous people.[3][4]

Its distinguishing features are the elongation of the sound of the vowel in the syllable preceding the stressed syllable, and of the vowel(s) of the stressed syllable in Proparoxytone three-syllable words [5] The Cordobés also tends to elongate the sound of the last syllable in a word.

According to Donni de Mirande (1991) and Vidal de Battini (1964), Córdobes Spanish can be heard throughout not only most the Province of Córdoba, but also in most of the Province of San Luis, given its location and the influence of Cordoba's media and culture.[1][6]


  1. 1 2 Berta Elena Vidal de Battini, The Spanish of Argentina, Buenos Aires, National Board of Education, 1966.
  2. "The television loves the Cordobés tune". Día a Día. October 21, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  3. Álvarez, Luis Rodolfo (December 2003). "6". The aboriginal languages (testimony of our roots). Córdoba, Argentina: Alción Editora. p. 136. OCLC 56013441.
  4. "The Córdoba tune and its Comechingón origin". La Mañana de Córdoba. July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  5. Audio of Luis Juez, with typical Córdobes accent.
  6. Maya Lucila Zarza; Eva Garrigosa Solà; María Eugenia De la Torre; Sarah Stijnen. "The Spanish in Argentina". Faculty of Philology, University of Barcelona. Retrieved April 6, 2014.

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