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Brief History of the Spanish Language

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ISBN-10: 022613394X

ISBN-13: 9780226133942

Edition: 2nd 2015

Authors: David A. Pharies

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Since its publication in 2007, A Brief History of the Spanish Language has become the leading introduction to the history of one of the world's most widely spoken languages. Moving from the language's Latin roots to its present-day forms, this concise book offers readers insights into the origin and evolution of Spanish, the historical and cultural changes that shaped it, and its spread around the world.A Brief History of the Spanish Language focuses on the most important aspects of the development of the Spanish language, eschewing technical jargon in favor of straightforward explanations. Along the way, it answers many of the common questions that puzzle native speakers and non-native speakers alike, such as: Why do some regions use tú while others use vos? How did the th sound develop in Castilian? And why is it la mesa but el agua?David A. Pharies, a world-renowned expert on the history and development of Spanish, has updated this edition with new research on all aspects of the evolution of Spanish and current demographic information. This book is perfect for anyone with a basic understanding of Spanish and a desire to further explore its roots. It also provides an ideal foundation for further study in any area of historical Spanish linguistics and early Spanish literature.A Brief History of the Spanish Language is a grand journey of discovery, revealing in a beautifully compact format the fascinating story of the language in both Spain and Spanish America.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/12/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

David A. Pharies is associate dean for humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of Spanish at the University of Florida. He is the author of A Brief History of the Spanish Language and Breve historia de la lengua espa�ola, both published by the University of Chicago Press.