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<i>Voseo</i> and <i>tuteo</i>, the countryside and the city

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Abstract

This study presents new evidence that supports the idea that at the beginning of the 19th century there were two distinct norms used by Spanish speakers in the Río de la Plata region as forms of address: an American/rural norm (vos tenés/tenéis) and a European/urban norm (tú tienes). That explains the use of voseante and tuteante pronominal and verbal forms as the forms used today and also explains the different attitudes toward one and the other. The data analyzed were taken from the play El valiente fanfarrón y el criollo socarrón (‘The Brave Braggart and the Sarcastic Creole’), a literary source that has been scarcely explored by the history of language in the Río de la Plata.

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