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ERIC Number: EJ919728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
The Impending Demise of "tu" in Montevideo, Uruguay
Weyers, Joseph R.
Hispania, v92 n4 p829-839 Dec 2009
Since the early 1960s, the "tuteo" (T-T), and particularly the use of tonic "tu" with the "vos" verbal morphology (T-V) has been accepted as typical of the speech of Montevideo, Uruguay, a region generally classified as "voseante". This paper reports on the results of 117 rapid anonymous interviews conducted in Montevideo to document the status of "tu" in the early twenty-first century. Interview results are studied according to five business domains, as well as the sex and age of the consultants. Results show that T-V continues to be used in Montevideo, particularly among speakers over 40 who work with upper socioeconomic clientele. The absence of "tu" among speakers under 40 points to a future loss of the academic "tuteo" and the regional T-V in favor of a stable voseo reminiscent of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Uruguay