Chilote Spanish

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Chilote is a dialect of Spanish language spoken on the southern Chilean islands of Chiloé Archipelago (Spanish: Archipiélago de Chiloé or simply, Chiloé). It has distinct differences from standard Chilean Spanish in accent, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, especially by influences from local dialect of Mapuche language (called huilliche or veliche) and some conservative traits.

After the battle of Curalaba and the Destruction of the Seven Cities Chiloé was further isolated from the rest of Chile and developed a culture with little influences from Spain or mainland Chile. During the 17th and 18th century most of the archipelagoes population was bilingual and according to John Byron many Spaniards preferred to use the Indian language by considering it more beautiful.[1] Around the same time, governor Narciso de Santa María complained that Spanish settlers in the islands could not speak Spanish properly but did well on veliche and that this second language was more used.[2]


  1. ^ Byron, John. El naufragio de la fragata "Wager". 1955. Santiago: Zig-zag.
  2. ^ Cárdenas, Renato; Montiel, Dante y Hall, Catherine. Los chono y los veliche de Chiloé. 1991 Santiago: Olimpho. p. 277 p