Brief History of the Spanish Language

ISBN-10: 0226666832

ISBN-13: 9780226666839

Edition: 2006

Authors: David A. Pharies

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Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and a language of ever-increasing importance in the United States. In what will likely becometheintroduction to the history of the Spanish language, David Pharies clearly and concisely charts the evolution of Spanish from its Indo-European roots to its present form. An internationally recognized expert on the history and development of this language, Pharies brings to his subject a precise sense of what students of Spanish linguistics need to know. After introductory chapters on what it means to study the history of a language, the concept of linguistic change, and the nature of language families, Pharies traces the development of Spanish from its Latin roots, all with the minimum amount of technical language possible.nbsp; In the core sections of the book, readers are treated to an engaging and remarkably succinct presentation of the genealogy and development of the language, including accounts of the structures and peculiarities of Latin, the historical and cultural events that deeply influenced the shaping of the language, the nature of Medieval Spanish, the language myths that have become attached to Spanish, and the development of the language beyond the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the Americas. Focusing on the most important facets of the language’s evolution, this compact work makes the history of Spanish accessible to anyone with a knowledge of Spanish and a readiness to grasp basic linguistic concepts. Available in both English and Spanish editions,A Brief History of the Spanish Languagenbsp;provides a truly outstandingnbsp;introduction to the exciting story of one of the world’s great languages. nbsp;
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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" 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.

Author's Note
What Is a Language History?
Why Study the History of Spanish?
Language Change
The Inexorability of Language Change
Changes in Progress
Language Change as Observed through Written Evidence
The Categories of Language Change
The Causes of Language Change
The Mechanism of Language Change
The Genealogy of Spanish
Language Families
Some Important Language Families
The Indo-European Language Family
The Italic Branch
Bilingualism and Diglossia
Genealogy of Spanish
External History of the Iberian Peninsula up to the Thirteenth Century
The Iberian Peninsula before the Arrival of the Romans
The Romanization of the Iberian Peninsula
The End of the Roman Empire
The Visigothic Invasion
The Muslim Invasion
An Extinct Variety of Ibero-Romance: Mozarabic
The Reconquest
The Rise of Castilian
The Latin Language
Stages in the History of Latin
Orthography and Pronunciation
Nominal Morphology
Verbal Morphology
Text Analysis
From Latin to Medieval Castilian: Phonology
The Nature of Phonological Change
The Most Important Phonological Changes of the Romance Period
Phonological Derivations
Exceptions to Regular Phonological Change
Text Analysis
Alphonsine Orthography
From Latin to Medieval Castilian: Morphology and Syntax
Interdependence of Morphological and Syntactic Changes
Nominal Morphology
A Linguistic Myth: The Cacophony of the Pronoun Combination le lo
Verbal Morphology
Principal Syntactic Changes
Text Analysis
Lexical Archaisms in Alphonsine Prose
From Medieval Castilian to Modern Spanish
Political and Cultural History of Spain after the Middle Ages
An Archaic Dialect: Sephardi
Linguistic Changes
A Linguistic Myth: The Lisping King
Text Analysis
A Linguistic Myth: The Phonemic Character of Spanish Orthography
History of the Spanish Lexicon
Routes of Lexical Integration in Spanish
The Reduplicative Playful Template
Stages in the History of the Spanish Lexicon
Spanish Dialectology
Varieties of Spanish in the Two Castiles
Canary Island Spanish
American Spanish
Demography of the Spanish Language
Four Distinctive Varieties of American Spanish
Spanish in the United States
Rudiments of Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
Glossary of Linguistic Terms
Works Cited
Index of Spanish Words Cited
Subject Index
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