Dialectology and History

A Pan-Hispanic Projection of the Canarian Linguistic Variety


  • Humberto Hernández Hernández University of La Laguna, Spain




Dialectology, Pan-Hispanism, Canarism, Pre-Hispanism, Portugueseism


Despite the small size of the Canarian Archipelago (some 7,000 square kilometres) and the low native population (a little over 2 million people), the Canarian language variety has become one of the Spanish dialects with the greatest Pan-Hispanic projection, exponentially surpassing the boundaries of its limited territory. This variety shows an array of distinct characteristics in all linguistic levels, which reflect how the various influences (Pre-Hispanic, Portuguese, and above all American) have shaped it by contributing phonetic, lexical and morphosyntactic features that have made the Canarian dialect a central variety possessing peculiarities of Spanish found in many different countries.

My aim in this paper is to locate the Canarian dialect – incidentally one of the most studied – in the wider context of standard Spanish, while trying to show its Pan-Hispanic projection, a result of a accidental multiculturalism, but which does not diminish in the least its role as a marker of identity, notwithstanding constant interference from other varieties. For this purpose, I use a questionnaire compiled by renowned dialectologists, all of them specialists in this Spanish language variety.


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23. 12. 2022

How to Cite

Hernández Hernández, H. (2022). Dialectology and History: A Pan-Hispanic Projection of the Canarian Linguistic Variety. Linguistica, 62(1-2), 121-132. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.62.1-2.121-132