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SPAN6620A

History of Spanish Language

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN BUENOS AIRES

This course offers a historical-linguistic vision of the Spanish language evolution from its Latin roots to its modern form. It proposes theoretical and practical fundaments in the field to understand phonetic, morphological, and lexical changes, which have being developed from the 11th-century until our modern days. The class presents the most important aspects of the evolution of the Spanish language: the linguistic situation of the Peninsula before the Romans arrived, the relevance of the spoken Latin (Latín vulgar), the Arab linguistic influence, the origins of the primitive peninsular romance languages, and the particular transformation of one of them: Castilian, the relevant linguistic changes, the political and geographical expansion of Castilian, and its latest flourishing as a national and transatlantic language. (1 unit)

Required text: Núñez-Méndez, E.: Fundamentos teóricos y prácticos de historia de la lengua (New Haven: Yale University Press. xiii + 315 pp. 2011 ISBN : 978-0-300-17098-6 (available at the Middlebury College Bookstore in Vermont).
Subject:
Spanish
Department:
Spanish (& Portuguese UG)
Division:
Language School
Requirements Fulfilled:
Linguistics
Equivalent Courses:
SPAN6620M *
SPAN6620 *

Sections

Summer 2012

SPAN6620AA-L12 Lecture (Nunez-Mendez)