Blog Archives

What Makes Guaraní Different from Other American Indigenous Languages?

An article by Simon Romero came out this week in The New York Times discussing why Guaraní, Paraguay’s main indigenous language, has been able to continue playing such an important role in the culture and politics of Paraguay. Importantly, this article highlights the reasons why, unlike other American indigenous languages, Guaraní has become so institutionalized […]

Tagged with:

Paraguayan Spanish

The unique and distinct Spanish spoken in Paraguay today, along with Guarani, has a historical explanation. In Paraguay, the Spanish language brought by the conquerors did not replace the indigenous language of the area, Guarani. On the contrary, Spanish fed on Guarani and the two languages coexisted, resulting in a bilingual population. If we analyze […]

Tagged with: