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Peninsular Spanish, also known as European Spanish, refers to the varieties of Spanish language spoken in the Iberian Peninsula as opposed to the Spanish spoken in Africa and the Americas, known as African Spanish and American Spanish respectively.

In general, the main characteristic that distinguishes both variants of Spanish is the use of a different phoneme /θ/, that is, the initial sound of the English word think - (in Peninsular Spanish) for the soft 'c' (c+e, c+i) and the 'z'; also known as 'distinción'.

However, this characteristic is far from uniform in all dialectical variations of the Spanish of the Iberian Peninsula. The Andalusian dialect and the Spanish spoken in the Canary Islands do not use 'distinción' as a general rule, but could use either seseo or ceceo.


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