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Are there any dialects of modern Spanish which preserve a phonemic distinction between b and v?

Are there any dialects of modern Spanish which preserve a phonemic distinction between b and v? I understand that by the 1600s it was largely gone from Castillian Spanish, but since some other ...
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Latin /f/ to Spanish /h/

Many (most? all?) Spanish words containing the letter h come from corresponding Latin words containing the letter f. Through what process did /f/ get softened to /h/? During what time period did this ...
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¿Por qué nos quedamos con la forma "sandio" y no con "sandío", tras siglos de coexistencia de ambas?

La palabra SANDIO aparece escrita sin tilde en los diccionarios que se pueden consultar a través del NTTLE. Sin embargo, el CORDE muestra que durante unos 300 años coexistía la forma con tilde en la i ...
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Is there a difference between "reflexivo" and "pronominal"?

In the context of Spanish linguistics, is there a difference in how the terms reflexivos and pronominales are used to describe verbs/pronouns? Note 1: question suggested in this Meta thread: Is there ...
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¿Por qué «señor» evolucionó a «so» para reforzar lo negativo, pero se mantuvo como «señor» para reforzar lo positivo?

En frases negativas es relativamente habitual el uso de «so» como refuerzo, por ejemplo en «¡Deja de tocar, so manazas!». Si consultamos el significado en el DLE: so Contracc. de seó. 1. adv. ...
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¿Qué diferencia hay entre préstamo lingüístico y extranjerismo?

La RAE define extranjerismo y préstamo como: extranjerismo (...) 2. m. Ling. Préstamo, especialmente el no adaptado. y préstamo (...) 4. m. Ling. Elemento, generalmente léxico, que una ...
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Backchannels (listener responses) in Spanish

In linguistics, the term backchannel is used to describe the short words or sounds a listener makes during a conversation to acknowledge what the speaker is saying and make known that he is still ...
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Longitud media de las frases en español

Los hablantes nativos de español, al hablar inglés a menudo tenemos que dividir una frase larga en varias cortas, dado que en ese idioma las frases largas quedan un poco forzadas. Me pregunto si la ...
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Does Spanish "estribo" come from English "stirrup"?

In a Linguistics.SE question I asked some time ago, someone made this comment: Sounds as if the Spanish [estribor] has been folk-etymologised to refer to 'estribo' - I wonder if that in turn is a ...
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