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The Northern Tone, Between Prejudice and Cultural Recognition

When the northern tone crosses the country is unknown to many, perhaps despised, but also recognized by others and valued.

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One of the main elements of identification in the different regions of the country is the different tones of speech. The Cordobeses are some references in the subject, hearing them speak it is impossible not to recognize their origin. The Cordovan tone, for some reason, generates a sense of joy and is well received. The same is often not true with other provinces, particularly with the northern tone.

Language is the same, but speech is influenced by other factors. The main factor is the indigenous culture of each province. The same sentence means the same, but the sound is different. Popularly some speak of “gauchos” or “Indians” when they hear a different tune. This is just a mere prejudice or a classification that can generate rejection.

The provinces bordering other countries are steeped by the linguistic influence of the region and the neighboring country. It's a natural thing that happens everywhere. In Buenos Airesitself, the way of speaking today is built by thousands of currents, as it is a cosmopolitan city.

So far we only talk about shades, but not what they can generate and the interpretation that each person can give to that. Like mentioned earlier, the Cordovan is a reference for its way of speaking, but not is prejudiced for that. But if we take the northern tone to the south of the country, the situation changes.

The cases are many, once the northern tone exceeds half the country can be confused or received with doubts. A frequent response to the northern tone is “what country are you from?”. An attitude that simulates placing the judge in a position of superiority many times, but obscures his ignorance of national cultural currents.

Prejudice that builds a blockade

In the worst case, the tone of the northerner, far from placing him in a welcome situation, puts him in a moment of analysis and even rejection. But communication and the internet have managed to change and reduce these cultural shocks. Sometimes they are small, but aggressive. Globalization also occurs within our territory, the web and social networks allow us to show a different north. Ending at least with the famous prejudice of “I thought that in the north they were all Indians.”

The northern tone showing the best

Today someone with a northern tone can reach anywhere in the country and have their origin recognized instantly. The tone will continue to be a source of prejudice for some. Media and networks make the tone in your sound transmit also an image. Today many, listening to a northern tone, attach it quickly to football, empanadas, chipá or a natural wonder. ral. Giving a new bridge to interact and share different knowledge and cultures, rather than planting a wall.

Publication Date: 17/12/2019

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