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The History of Spanish
A Student's Introduction

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  • Date Published: October 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108570046

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  • This concise textbook provides students with an engaging and thorough overview of the history of Spanish and its development from Latin. Presupposing no prior knowledge of Latin or linguistics, students are provided with the background necessary to understand the history of Spanish. Short, easy-to-digest chapters feature numerous practice exercises and activities. Chapter 'Lead-in' questions draw comparisons between English and Spanish, enabling students to use their intuition about their native language to gain a deeper understanding of Spanish. Each chapter features further reading suggestions, an outline, and a summary. Highlighted key terms are collated in a glossary. Boxes on linguistic debates teach students to evaluate arguments and think critically about linguistics. Supporting online resources include Word files of all the practices and activities in the book and an instructor's manual featuring a sample syllabus, answer key to the practices and activities, sample exams and teaching suggestions. This book is ideal for a range of courses on the history of Spanish and Spanish linguistics.

    • A concise, engaging and thorough overview of the history of Spanish and its development from Latin, presupposing no prior knowledge of Latin or linguistics
    • Numerous practice exercises and activities offer extensive opportunities for student practice
    • Features include: chapter 'Lead-in' questions, drawing comparisons between English and Spanish and boxes on linguistic debates that teach students to think critically about linguistics, and supplementary online resources
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An accessible and illuminating introduction to the fascinating history of the Spanish language over the last two thousand years.' Roger Wright, University of Liverpool

    'Takes vast and complex material and presents it in a reader-friendly, manageable, and engaging way, to create a welcome addition to the resources that instructors and students of Spanish historical linguistics have at their disposal.' Natalya I. Stolova, Colgate University, New York

    'Exploits students' natural curiosity and explains what are often quite difficult concepts and complex data in a direct, user-friendly way. There is no other teaching resource for the history of the Spanish language quite like this.' Chris Pountain, Queen Mary University of London

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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108570046
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of maps
    List of tables
    Preface for students
    Preface for instructors
    1. Why do Spanish speakers say el arte but las artes? The value of studying the history of Spanish
    2. Is it wrong to say cantastes instead of cantaste? A linguist's attitude and approach to language
    3. How and why do languages change and how do linguists know?
    4. Did /f/ change to /h/ in Spanish because of Basque? Four moments of language contact in the history of Spanish
    5. Why is Spanish also called Castilian? The standardization process and its effects
    6. How did FESTA become fiesta but FESTÎVUM became festivo? Regular vowel changes
    7. How did ACÛTUM become agudo? Regular consonant changes
    8. Why is 'milk' leche but 'Milky Way' is Via Láctea? Special tonic vowel changes
    9. Why fieldad but lealtad? Special consonant changes
    10. Why do Spanish speakers sometimes say andé instead of anduve? Morphological changes
    11. Why is mano feminine and día masculine? Changes in case, declension, number, and gender
    12. Why do Spanish speakers sometimes say más malo instead of peor? Origins of nominal elements
    13. Why are there so many verb tenses in Spanish? Origins of verbs
    14. Why is comeré the future of comer but sabré is the future of saber? How regular sound change and analogy lead to regular and irregular forms
    15. Do you say veo el gato or veo al gato? Syntactic changes
    16. How did MÛSCŬLUM 'little mouse' become Spanish muslo 'thigh'? Semantic changes
    17. Why perro 'dog' instead of can? Lexical changes
    Appendix: Selections from old Spanish texts
    El Auto de los Reyes Magos
    Cantar de mio Cid
    Razon feita d'amor
    Milagros de Nuestra Señora
    Calila e Dimna
    Glossary of terms
    Works cited
    Word index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Diana L. Ranson, University of Georgia
    Diana L. Ranson is Professor of French and Spanish at the University of Georgia. Her publications include Change and Compensation: Parallel Weakening of /s/ in Italian, French and Spanish (1989) and articles on Spanish historical linguistics, syntactic variation in Modern Spanish, and phonological variation in Modern French. She has taught the History of Spanish, the History of French, Comparative Romance Linguistics, and Old Spanish for over thirty years.

    Margaret Lubbers Quesada, University of Georgia
    Margaret Lubbers Quesada is Professor of Spanish at the University of Georgia. Her recent publications include The L2 Acquisition of Spanish Subjects Multiple Perspectives (2015), and articles in journals, such as the International Review of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics and Language Learning, The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition, and Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada. She teaches courses in theoretical, applied, and historical linguistics.

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