SPAN 522

History of the Spanish Language

Spanish and Portuguese College of Humanities

Course Description

Linguistic sources that contributed to formation of the Spanish language.

When Taught

Contact Department

Grade Rule

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

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3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Nominal and Verbal Systems

Learning Outcome

Acquire a basic knowledge of the changes undergone by the nominal and verbal systems of Latin and Castilian (e.g. the demise of the case system, the development of new verbal tenses, etc.).

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Theory

Learning Outcome

Understand the different theories that claim to understand the relation between Latin and the Romance languages, especially the relation between Latin and Castilian.

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Scholarly Articles

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate the ability to summarize and discuss in a clear and concise manner several scholarly articles on the topic of the history of the Spanish language.

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Political and Literary Contexts

Learning Outcome

Situate Latin and Castilian in their political and literary historical contexts.

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Phonological Development

Learning Outcome

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

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Lexicon Sources

Learning Outcome

Identify the sources of the Castilian lexicon.

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Linguistic Standardization

Learning Outcome

Understand the process of linguistic standardization in Romance and its implications for the linguistic map of the Iberian Peninsula.