This is somewhat computer related as well.

If one installs the myspell package in Ubuntu, it would download files for Spanish Spanish, and files for e.g. Argentinian Spanish would be just symlinks to it. Which means that as far as the spellchecker is concerned, there's only one Spanish.

I wonder if it's usable like that? If not, maybe you are aware of myspell dictionaries for different variants of Spanish and could provide a link?

Now yes, it's about software, but it needs an answer from actual speakers, so I decided to post it here, not at Stack Overflow or Super User.

Thanks in advance for your help.

  • What is your question?
    – Flimzy
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 0:00
  • My question is whether it's OK to use the same spellchecker dictionaries for all regional variants of Spanish, and if no, where could I find more relevant dictionaries. This is a software related question which only native speakers can answer, hence spanish.stackexchange. Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 23:12
  • It's not really a Spanish-related question; it's more of a linguistic question: Do different dialects have different languages? The exact same question can be asked of English, or any other language with multiple dialects.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 23:29
  • There are many spell checkers available, many open source, which offer regional dictionaries.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 23:29
  • And these dictionaries can be obtained where? Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 15:35

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as far as the spellchecker is concerned, there's only one Spanish.

That sounds true to me. The differences among Spanish variants are relevant in vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation; but there are no differences in spelling, as far as I know.

It's true, however, that vocabulary and grammar differences could have some small influence on a speller, e.g.: "sabés" would be acceptable in Spanish with voseo, while in other regions the speller should suggest instead "sabes" or "sabéis".

  • But the spelling is different in "sabés" because of it's actually a different word ;)
    – JoulSauron
    Commented Feb 21, 2013 at 11:16

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