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Murcian (endonym: murciano) is a variant of Peninsular Spanish, spoken mainly in the autonomous community of Murcia and the adjacent comarcas of Vega Baja del Segura and Alto Vinalopó in the province of Alicante (Valencia), the corridor of Almansa in Albacete (Castile-La Mancha). In a greater extent, it may also include some areas that were part of the former Kingdom of Murcia, such as southeastern Albacete (now part of Castile La Mancha) and parts of Jaén and Almería (now part of Andalusia).

Pronunciation[muɾˈθjano, -ˈsja-]
Native toSpain
RegionMurcia, Andalusia (Almería, partially in Jaén and Granada), Castile-La Mancha (Albacete) and Valencia (Vega Baja, Alicante)
Spanish orthography (Latin script)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Dialecto murciano.png
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The linguistic varieties of Murcian form a dialect continuum with Eastern Andalusian and Manchego Peninsular Spanish.

Murcian is considered a separate language of Spanish by some of its native speakers, who call it llengua murciana.[1][2] The term panocho is also used to designate the Murcian language, however it mostly refers to the variety spoken in the comarca of the Huerta de Murcia [es].


Kingdom of Murcia within the Crown of Castile (1590).
Territorial division of 1833 in which the biprovincial region of Murcia appears.

Murcian emerged from the mixture of several linguistics varieties that joined in the Kingdom of Murcia after the conquest of the Crown of Aragon and the Crown of Castile between 13th and 14th centuries. The linguistics varieties were mainly Tudmir's Romance (a type of Andalusi Romance), Arabic, Aragonese, Old Castilian and Occitano-Catalan.


Murcian is considered an endangered language.[by whom?]

Phonetic features of MurcianEdit

The Murcian dialectal features differ among areas, villages, social classes and individuals in accordance with the communicative situation in which they are involved, this is because of the influence of standard rule. This dialect has similarities and differences with Spanish, Aragonese and Catalan languages.


Murcian Spanish vowel chart[3]
Front Central Back
Close i u
Close-mid e o
Open-mid (ɛ) (ɔ)
Open (æ) a

As Eastern Andalusian and Southern Manchego Peninsular dialects, Murcian has 5 tense vowels (roughly the same as standard Spanish): [a], [e], [i], [o], [u], plus 3 lax vowels (not present in standard Spanish): [æ], [ɛ], [ɔ]. Vowels are lowered when in contact with an omitted coda: fricative (/s/, /θ/ and /x/) or liquid (/l/, /r/); additionally a vowel harmony process may take place; e.g. la casa [la ˈkasa] ("the house") vs las casas [læ ˈkːæsæ] ("the houses"). Notes about the Murcian vowels:

  • In some cases [ɛ] approaches [æ]: seis [ˈsæj] 'six'.[citation needed]
  • Some accents use two additional allophones: [ɪ] and [ʊ].
  • Vowels are often phonetically nasalised when in contact with a nasal consonant. Nasalisation is particularly strong when in contact with palatals and velars: munchos [ˈmũn̠ʲtɕɔ ~ ˈmũn̠ʲdʑɔ ~ ˈmũn̠ʲɟʝɔ] ('much, a lot').


The consonant system of Murcian is mostly the same as Castilian.

Notable features, several shared with other southern dialects of Spanish:

  • The spirants [β ð ɣ] are pronounced as fricatives or close fricatives more frequently than in Standard Spanish.
    • [β ð ɣ] can occur word initially and can be geminated and/or devoiced in certain environments.
    • Pronunciation of [β] (and [ɸ]) may alternate with [v] (and [f]).[clarification needed][example needed]
    • [ð] elision is very common: prenná [pɾeˈɲa], mercao [meɾˈka̯o].
  • Palatalisation of initial /l/: llengua [ˈʎẽŋgwa] ('tongue').
  • Final /l/ is pronounced [ɾ] before consonants (sal blanca [ˈsæɾ ˈblaŋka] 'white salt'), [l] before vowels (sal azul [ˈsæl aˈθu] 'blue salt'), and it is silent at the end of an utterance: sal [ˈsæ] ('salt').
  • Final /ɾ/ is elided: El Palmar [ɛɾ paɾˈmæ].
  • Some speakers have a residual /ʃ/ (or [ɕ]).[clarification needed]

Phonetic development of MurcianEdit

There are linguistic phenomena that are (or were) usual in other linguistic varieties (Aragonese, Mozarabic, Catalan, Andalusian, etc.):

  • The frequent preservation of voiceless intervocalic consonants or other voiceless consonants that used to be voiced or are voiced in standard Spanish: cocote (cogote in Spanish), cocotazo, cancro (cangrejo in Spanish), parata (parada), sermonata (sermonada), atoba (adobe), acachar, alcayata, engangrenar, cangrena, pescatero, pinato (pino joven), gayato (cayado), falluto (huero), capolar, Caputa (a place in Mula), caparra (garrapata), capítulo (cabildo), súpito (súbito), molata, La Mulata, escorrata, pescatero, Ficaria (a place in Blanca), poyata (Lorca), volandero, etc.
  • The frequent voicing of voiceless consonants: gambusino (campesino), morga (morca), alhábega (albahaca), chiguito (chiquito), regüestar (recostar), bambulla (lat. ampulla), etc.
  • The frequent preservation of Latin group cl: clamar, 'llamar' and also "pl" (plantaje, El Plan).
  • The frequent preservation of Latin group fl: flama (llama, calor), flamante (llameante), flamar, suflama/soflama, inflar, infleta, botinflar, botinflao, etc.
  • The frequent maintenance of Latin /f/ in its original form (fenazar, fenás, vafada, fito a fito, manifacero, ferrija, Ficaria, figue, etc.) or aspirated (it is always aspirated before /u/ like in huerte, huerza, huente, humar, humo, conhundir, etc.; it is maintained in certain cases before /o/ like in hormar, hondo, hongo, hopo, etc and before /a/ in haldar, hambre, etc.
  • The presence of the intervocalic consonant cluster ns: ansa, nansa, pansa, pansir, pansío, suspensar, ansín, ansina, etc.
  • A consonantal alternation between voiceless /k/ and /t/: La Rápita or La Rápica, tavacote (cavacote), tápena (caparis), friolenco, cantamusa, a tatas (a catas < a gatas), chito (chico, in Cieza), etc.
  • Change from b to m: mandurria, Menjú (Abenhud, from Arabic Ibn Hud), meneno, comenencia, moñiga, camota (cabota), etc.

Evolution of certain consonant clustersEdit

  • /bd/ > [dː] (Abdón > Addón)
  • /bg/ > [ɡː] (Novgorod > Noggorod)
  • /bs/ > [sː] or [s] (absorver > assorver / asorver)
  • /bt/ > [tː] (obtener > ottener)
  • /bx/ > [xː] or [x] (objetivo > ojjetivo / ojetivo)
  • /kn/ > [nː](tecnología > tennología)
  • /ks/ > [s] (examen > esamen)
  • /ksk/ > [kː] (excursión > eccursión)
  • /ksf/ > [ɸː] (Oxford > Offor)
  • /ksp/ > [pː] (explicar > epplicar)
  • /kst/ > [tː] (extra > ettra)
  • /kt/ > [tː] or [t] (exacto > esatto; doctrina > dottrina > dotrina)
  • /kθ/ > [θː] or [θ] (lección> lición; producción > predución)
  • /db/ > [βː] (adverbio > avverbio)
  • /dk/ > [kː] (adquirir > acquirir)
  • /df/ > [ɸː] (adfirmar > affirmar)
  • /dm/ > [ɡm] > [mː] (admirar > agmirar > ammirar)
  • /dx/ > [xː] or [x] (adjetivo > ajjetivo; adjuntar > ajuntar)
  • /ft/ > [tː] (difteria > ditteria)
  • /ɡd/ > [dː] > [d/ð] (Magdalena > Maddalena > Madalena)
  • /ɡl/ > [l] (iglesia > ilesia)
  • /ɡm/ > [mː] (magma > mamma)
  • /ɡn/ > [nː](indigno > indinno)
  • /lr/ > [rː] (alrededor > arreor)
  • /mb/ > [mβ] or [mɸ] (enviscar > enfiscar; enblanquecío > enflanquecío)
  • /mn/ > [nː] (columna > colunna)
  • /ngl/ > [nl] (Inglaterra > Ing•laterra)
  • /nm/ > [mː] (inmenso > immenso)
  • /pn/ > [ɡn] > [nː] (apnea > annea)
  • /ps/ > [sː] (epsilón > essilón; epilepsia > epilessia)
  • /pt/ > [tː] (septenil > settenil; aptitud > attitú)
  • /pθ/ > [θː] (Leipzig > Leizzi)
  • /rl/ > [lː] (Carlos > Cal•los)
  • /rn/ > [nː] (carne > canne)
  • /rm/ > [mː] (hermano > hemmano)
  • /rs/ > [sː] (comerse > comes•se)
  • /sb/ > [βː] or [ɸː] (desbordar > evvordar / effordar; esvarar > evvarar / effarar)
  • /sd/ > [ðː] or [θː] (desde > dezze)
  • /sf/ > [ɸː] (esfera > effera)
  • /sɡ/ > [ɣː] or [xː] (desgarrar > ejjarrar; desgargolar > ejjargolar)
  • /sk/ > [kː] (escapar > eccapar)
  • /sl/ > [lː] (eslomar > el•lomar; isla > il•la)
  • /sm/ > [mː] (mesmo > memmo; golisma > golimma)
  • /sn/ > [nː] (fresno > frenno)
  • /sp/ > [pː] (asperar > apperar)
  • /sr/ > [rː/] (desroñar > er•roñar; Israel > Ir•rael)
  • /st/ > [tː] (castaña > cattaña)
  • /tl/ > [lː] (Atlántico > Al•lántico)
  • /tn/ > [ɡn/ > [nː] (etnología > ennología)
  • /θɡ/ > [ɣː] or [xː] (mayorazgo > mayorajjo)
  • /θk/ > [kː] (bizcocho > biccocho)
  • /θl/ > [lː] (hazlo > hal•lo)
  • /θn/ > [nː] (biznaga > binnaga)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ En difensa la llengua murciana. Llengua maere.
  2. ^ Llengua maere
  3. ^ Based on the vowel chart in " - LA PLANA E LA LLENGUA MURCIANA". Retrieved 16 June 2017.


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Further readingEdit