SPN 386 • OLD SPANISH LANGUAGE
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The objective of this course is to prepare the student to read and understand medieval texts written in their original language. A brief introduction dealing with the phenomenon of linguistic evolution and the place of Spanish within the group of Romance Languages will be presented. The diachronic evolution of the phonological system from Latin to Old Spanish and into the modern language (to serve as a frame of reference) will be covered in detail, with particular attention to the role played by "yod" and "wau" in the development of this system. Extra-linguistic hypothesis will also be discussed. The main features of the morphology and syntax of Old Spanish will also be studied. To illustrate these linguistic characteristics of Spanish in medieval times, a selection of medieval documents and literary texts (selections from Mío Cid to La Celestina) will be studied and analyzed. Discussions on the problems of how to prepare a critical edition of old texts will be included.
R. Menendez Pidal. Manual de Gramatica Historica Espanola. Espasa-Calpe, S.A. Madrid, 1962. Gilfford, D.J. and Hodcroft, F.W. Textos Lingüísticos del Medioevo Español, The Dolphin Book Co., Ltd. Oxford, 1959. Paul Lloyd. From Latin to Spanish, American Philosophical Society, 1987. Class handouts, available from University Duplicating Service, GSB 3.136. Phone 471-8281 RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL READING: In addition to the above works, other materials will be suggested in order to expand on the topics presented in class.