#2 Spanish

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Spoken in 31 countries as a first language, by 437 million people. The primary country for this language is Spain.

“Around 75% of modern Spanish is derived from Latin. Ancient Greek has also contributed substantially to Spanish vocabulary, especially through Latin, where it had a great impact.”

“Spanish vocabulary has been in contact from an early date with Arabic, having developed during the Al-Andalus era in the Iberian Peninsula. With around 8% of its vocabulary being Arabic in origin, this language is the second most important influence after Latin.”

“The variety with the most speakers is Mexican Spanish. It is spoken by more than twenty percent of the world’s Spanish speakers. One of its main features is the reduction or loss of unstressed vowels, mainly when they are in contact with the sound.”

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References

  • Statistics – https://www.ethnologue.com
  • Dworkin, Steven N. (2012). A History of the Spanish Lexicon: A Linguistic Perspective
  • Eleanor Greet Cotton, John M. Sharp (1988) Spanish in the Americas
  • Robles, Heriberto Camacho Becerra, Juan José Comparán Rizo, Felipe Castillo (1998). Manual de etimologías grecolatinas (3. ed.).
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