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Caribbean lowland Spanish
Special Phonetic Features and accents
Ticos
Voseo Vs Tuteo



Introduction
Costa Rica is a small Central American country located west of the Caribbean Sea, North of Panama, and South of Nicaragua. There are 7 Provinces that make up the territories within Costa Rica, and a widely accepted use of Spanish as a language. This however does not mean they don't have their own unique dialects of Spanish within its borders. Costa Rica belongs to the group of Caribbean lowlands (tierra baja) with a small minority of Jamaican descendants speaking a local version of English (www.wikipedia.com).There are several particular phonetic traits that Costa Rican's use that make their language even more unique then the typical Caribbean lowlands, including phrasing and word choice (Tiquismos), different pronunciations, sounds or phonetic features, and speed in which the language is spoken. (Lipski, John)

By Kevin Rocha

Sources for all pages:
Costa Rica newspaper “the tico times”
http://www.ticotimes.net/
Information on why Costa Ricans call themselves tico/tica
http://www.therealcostarica.com/costa_rica/costaricans.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tico
Tico Slang
http://www.vacations2costarica.com/General-Info/Info/Tico-Slang.html
Creole Spanish
http://spanishdialects1.wikispaces.com/Creole
Caribbean Spanish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_Spanish
Nicaragua Accents
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Nicoya
Provinces of Costa Rica
http://www.1-costaricalink.com/costa_rica_provinces.htm
Religion of Costa Rica
http://www.infocostarica.com/culture/religion.html
Vocabulary
http://www.wikipedia.com
https://blackboard.uoregon.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_279528_1%26url%3D
http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Spanish/Grammar/Spanish-Manners_and_Styles_of_Speech.html
Lipski, John. Latin American Spanish. Longman. London and New York. 1994.