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The History of Spanish

A Student's Introduction

Diana L. Ranson, University of Georgia, Margaret Lubbers Quesada, University of Georgia
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…
pp i-iv
pp v-vi
pp vii-xiv
List of Figures
pp xv-xv
List of Maps
pp xvi-xvi
List of Tables
pp xvii-xviii
Preface for Students
pp xix-xx
Preface for Instructors
pp xxi-xxii
pp xxiii-xxvi
1 - Why Do Spanish Speakers Say el arte but las artes? The Value of Studying the History of Spanish
pp 1-8
2 - Is It Wrong to Say cantastes instead of cantaste? A Linguist's Attitude and Approach to Language
pp 9-23
3 - How and Why Do Languages Change and How Do Linguists Know?
pp 24-44
4 - Did /f/ Change to /h/ in Spanish because of Basque? Four Moments of Language Contact in the History of Spanish
pp 45-75
5 - Why Is Spanish Also Called Castilian? The Standardization Process and Its Effects
pp 76-104
6 - How Did FESTA Become fiesta but FESTĪVUM Became festivo? Regular Vowel Changes
pp 105-133
7 - How Did ACU TUM Become agudo? Regular Consonant Changes
pp 134-162
8 - Why Is ‘milk’ leche but ‘Milky Way’ Is Via Láctea? Special Tonic Vowel Changes
pp 163-178
9 - Why fieldad but lealtad? Special Consonant Changes
pp 179-194
10 - Why Do Spanish Speakers Sometimes Say andé instead of anduve? Morphological Changes
pp 195-214
11 - Why Is mano Feminine and día Masculine? Changes in Case, Declension, Number, and Gender
pp 215-242
12 - Why Do Spanish Speakers Sometimes Say más malo instead of peor? Origins of Nominal Elements
pp 243-269
13 - Why Are There So Many Verb Tenses in Spanish? Origins of Verbs
pp 270-289
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
pp 290-316
15 - Do You Say veo el gato or veo al gato? Syntactic Changes
pp 317-334
16 - How Did MUSCULUM little mouse Become Spanish muslo thigh? Semantic Changes
pp 335-353
17 - Why perro ‘dog’ instead of can? Lexical Changes
pp 354-373
Appendix - Selections from Old Spanish Texts
pp 374-380
Glossary of Terms
pp 381-391
Works Cited
pp 392-400
Word Index
pp 401-420
Subject Index
pp 421-429
The History of Spanish
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Online ISBN: 9781316534793
Published online: 12 December 2018
Hardback ISBN: 9781107144729
Hardback publication date: 04 October 2018
Paperback ISBN: 9781316507940
Paperback publication date: 04 October 2018