9780520011939 / 0520011937

How Spanish Grew (Library Reprint)


Publisher:Univ of California Pr



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This book traces the evolution of the Spanish language from pre-Roman days to the present and stresses the influence of social and political events in its development...Spaulding reviews the effects on Spanish of the languages of the pre-Roman invaders, the Visigoths, and other Germanic tribes, and the Arabs. The later development of Spanish is divided into four periods: Old Spanish (to 1500), Spanish Ascendancy (1500-1700), French Prestige (1700-1808), and Modern Spanish (1808- present). Within this framework, the author discusses the evolution of sounds, forms, constructions, style, vocabulary, and orthography. The final chapter deals also with modern slang, popular Spanish, and the various Spanish dialects, including Leonese, Aragonese, and Andalusian.

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