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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2006

SPN 383N • Spanish Historical Linguistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49235 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course traces the development of the Spanish language from Latin to the present focusing upon the cultural, literary and historical factors that have contributed to its evolution from Latin to early Romance, and then to the Modern language. It is not a course in historical grammar, so it does not cover internal linguistic changes in detail, although the diachronic evolution of the phonological system is treated and illustrated with medieval literary texts. The course is divided into five main parts:

1. The lexical expansion of Spanish from VL and CL (including helenismos), germanismos, arabismos to modern elements (galicismos, italianismos, lusismos, indo-americanismos, anglicismos); 2. The development of the phonological system: from the medieval and to the modern pronunciation of spoken Spanish; 3. The development of the written language: from Alfonso El Sabio and Berceo to La Celestina, Valdés, Nebrija, Villalobos, and the language of the Golden Age; 4. El "problema de la lengua" in the 18th century: the creation of the Spanish Royal Academy; 5. The overseas expansion of Spanish: Judeo-Spanish and the Spanish in the Americas; the problem of linguistic unity.

Grading Policy

Three one-hour exams, and one short paper.


Required reading: Antonio Alatorre, Los 1,001 aïos de la lengua espaïola. Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico DF 1989. Rafael Lapesa, Historia de la lengua espaïola, Las Américas Pub. 8a edicion, Madrid, 1980. R. Menéndez Pidal, La lengua de Cristñbal Colñn y otros ensayos, Col. Austral, 1958. Juan de Valdés, Diálogo de la lengua, Ed. de Juan J. Lope Blanch, Castalia, Madrid, 1969. Werner Bahner, La lingüëstica espaïola del siglo de oro, Ed. Ciencia Nueva, 1966. Required references: R. Menéndez Pidal. Manual de grámatica histñrica espaïola. Elcock, W.D., The Romance Languages, Faber and Faber, London, 1960 Read chapter I: "The Latin Foundation" plus all the sections in this book which deal directly with the Spanish language.


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