DID YOU KNOW...?
...that Andalusians use more vowels?
If the Autonomous Communities were ranked according to those that use most vowels when speaking, Andalusia, Extremadura and Murcia would occupy the top positions.
In Spain, the Southern dialect
or "Andalusian linguistic modality", which is also spoken in parts of Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, the Region of Murcia and even Alicante, uses the greatest variety of vowel phonemes.
10 vowel phonemes instead of 5
In the spoken form of the Southern linguistic variety, the plural is not formed by adding an "s" at the end of the word, but rather by using a different vowel phoneme, which is generally more open and aspirated. Although there are different varieties of Andalusian vocalism, and it is more complicated with regards to how the plural is formed for words that end in "i" and "u", this statement can be made on a general level.
Catalonia and Galicia in second place
The following Autonomous Communities that use the greatest number of vowels are Catalonia and Galicia, where both standard Catalan and Galician use 7 vowel phonemes, exceeding the 5 vowel phonemes used in standard Spanish.
In the case of the Basque Country, the Basque language shares the same number of vowel phonemes as standard Spanish. Therefore, within this hypothetical ranking, it would be ranked below Andalusia, Catalonia and Galicia. Regardless of this curious fact, the fact of the matter is that those that use a greater phonetic diversity (whether vocalist or consonantal) have a prior advantage when learning foreign languages, as they will most likely have to learn less phonemes.