SPAN 521

Romance Philology

Spanish and Portuguese College of Humanities

Course Description

Comparative study of the evolution of Latin into modern Romance languages.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Historical Context

Learning Outcome

Situate Latin and the Romance Languages in their "external" (i.e. political and literary) historical context.

Title

Phonological Evolution

Learning Outcome

Recognize the "laws" of regular phonological evolution (e.g. syncope, lenition, diphthongization, etc.).

Title

Lexical Differences and Etymology

Learning Outcome

Summarize the major lexical differences across Romance languages and some of the basic principles of etymology.

Title

Summarize Research

Learning Outcome

Become familiar with articles published in professional journals relating to the subject matter and produce accurate and meaningful written summaries and reactions to them.

Title

Transcription

Learning Outcome

Learn the rudiments of transcribing medieval or Renaissance manuscripts.

Title

Language Comparison

Learning Outcome

Compare the “major” (i.e. literary) Romance languages as far as their phonological development is concerned.