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While most Uruguayans speak Spanish, those who live near the border with Brazil have developed a hybrid of Spanish and Portuguese called “Riverense Portuñol” (also called Fronterizo).

Reverense Portuñol, as a blended language, is sort of the opposite of another language we’ve mentioned in music class, Chile’s Mapudungun, which is a “language isolate,” and quite different than Ecuadorian Kichwa, which is a local variant of the widely spoken, yet widely diverse, Quechua language group.

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