One of the most vivid illustrations of Medellin’s unique character is evident through the language of its people, the paisas. The distinctive words, phrases and sounds that have emerged over the city’s history illustrate the collectivist character and colorful past of the region of Antioquia. This dialect, like all language, is rooted in culture: historical and social forces play a powerful role in influencing the evolution of the words and phrases that we use daily. As they would say in MedellínL ¡“Que chimba” (how cool)!
By understanding these terms and making sense of the paisa dialect, we will understand the sociolinguistic forces at play in constructing and defining relationships between fellow paisas, increasing our cultural knowledge of the area. Here, human beings cannot exist as individuals; through the language spoken, everyone is connected.
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