A History of the Spanish Language through Texts

Author: Christopher Pountain
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134678541
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 360
View: 9720
A History of the Spanish Language through Texts examines the evolution of the Spanish language from the Middle Ages to the present day. Pountain explores a wide range of texts from poetry, through newspaper articles and political documents, to a Bunuel film script and a love letter. With keypoints and a careful indexing and cross-referencing system this book can be used as a freestanding history of the language independently of the illustrative texts themselves.

A History of the Spanish Language

Author: Ralph John Penny
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521011846
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 398
View: 6774
A revised, expanded and updated 2002 edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative textbook, first published in 1991.

Empires of the Word

A Language History of the World
Author: Nicholas Ostler
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062047359
Category: History
Page: 640
View: 6544
Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet's diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.

A Brief History of the Spanish Language

Second Edition
Author: David A. Pharies
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022613413X
Category: Reference
Page: 296
View: 4399
Since its publication in 2007, A Brief History of the Spanish Language has become the leading introduction to the history of one of the world’s most widely spoken languages. Moving from the language’s Latin roots to its present-day forms, this concise book offers readers insights into the origin and evolution of Spanish, the historical and cultural changes that shaped it, and its spread around the world. A Brief History of the Spanish Language focuses on the most important aspects of the development of the Spanish language, eschewing technical jargon in favor of straightforward explanations. Along the way, it answers many of the common questions that puzzle native speakers and non-native speakers alike, such as: Why do some regions use tú while others use vos? How did the th sound develop in Castilian? And why is it la mesa but el agua? David A. Pharies, a world-renowned expert on the history and development of Spanish, has updated this edition with new research on all aspects of the evolution of Spanish and current demographic information. This book is perfect for anyone with a basic understanding of Spanish and a desire to further explore its roots. It also provides an ideal foundation for further study in any area of historical Spanish linguistics and early Spanish literature. A Brief History of the Spanish Language is a grand journey of discovery, revealing in a beautifully compact format the fascinating story of the language in both Spain and Spanish America.

The Story of Spanish

Author: Jean-Benoit Nadeau,Julie Barlow
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312656025
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 428
View: 1907
Explores the origins and evolution of the Spanish language, covering Hispania's Vulgar Latin of 800 AD, the language's development through the age of Queen Isabella and the rise of Spanish in the Americas.

The Language of the Sangleys

A Chinese Vernacular in Missionary Sources of the Seventeenth Century
Author: Henning Klöter
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004184937
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 411
View: 5868
An incisive, multi-faceted study of a Spanish-Chinese manuscript grammar of the seventeenth century, The Language of the Sangleys presents a fascinating, new chapter in the history of Chinese and general linguistics.

The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics

Author: José Ignacio Hualde,Antxon Olarrea,Erin O'Rourke
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118228049
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 904
View: 9967
Reflecting the growth and increasing global importance of the Spanish language, The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics brings together a team of renowned Spanish linguistics scholars to explore both applied and theoretical work in this field. Features 41 newly-written essays contributed by leading language scholars that shed new light on the growth and significance of the Spanish language Combines current applied and theoretical research results in the field of Spanish linguistics Explores all facets relating to the origins, evolution, and geographical variations of the Spanish language Examines topics including second language learning, Spanish in the classroom, immigration, heritage languages, and bilingualism

Variation and Change in Spanish

Author: Ralph Penny,Ralph John Penny
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521604505
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 284
View: 7324
This book applies recent theoretical insights to trace the development of Castilian and Latin American Spanish from the Middle Ages onwards, through processes of repeated dialect mixing both within the Iberian Peninsula and in the New World. The author contends that it was this frequent mixing which caused Castilian to evolve more rapidly than other varieties of Hispano-Romance, and which rendered Spanish particularly subject to levelling of its linguistic irregularities and to simplification of its structures. These two processes continued as the language extended into and across the Americas. These processes are viewed in the context of the Hispano-Romance dialect continuum, which includes Galician, Portuguese and Catalan, as well as New World varieties. The book emphasises the subtlety and seamlessness of language variation, both geographical and social, and the impossibility of defining strict boundaries between varieties. Its conclusions will be relevant both to Hispanists and to historical sociolinguists more generally.

A History of the Spanish Lexicon

A Linguistic Perspective
Author: Steven N. Dworkin
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199541140
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 321
View: 6845
Written from the twin perspectives of linguistic and cultural change, this pioneering book describes the language inherited from Latin and how it was then influenced by the Visigothic and Arabic invasions and later by contact with Old French, Old Provençal, English and, not least, with the indigenous languages of South and Central America.

Academy Dictionaries 1600-1800

Author: John Considine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107071127
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 266
View: 6351
A comprehensive account of dictionaries during a key period in their development, when they were compiled in academies across Europe.

An American Language

The History of Spanish in the United States
Author: Rosina Lozano
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520969588
Category: History
Page: 376
View: 4273
An American Language is a tour de force that revolutionizes our understanding of U.S. history. It reveals the origins of Spanish as a language binding residents of the Southwest to the politics and culture of an expanding nation in the 1840s. As the West increasingly integrated into the United States over the following century, struggles over power, identity, and citizenship transformed the place of the Spanish language in the nation. An American Language is a history that reimagines what it means to be an American—with profound implications for our own time.

A History of the Spanish Language

Author: Ralph John Penny
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521011846
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 398
View: 650
A revised, expanded and updated 2002 edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative textbook, first published in 1991.

Manual of Judeo-Spanish

Language and Culture
Author: Marie-Christine Varol,Marie-Christine Varol-Bornes
Publisher: Capital Decisions Ltd
ISBN: 9781934309193
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 330
View: 1656

The Spanish Inquisition

A Historical Revision
Author: Henry Kamen
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300180519
Category: History
Page: 490
View: 1925
In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen’s classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the author incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new--and thought-provoking--view of this fascinating period. Kamen sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain’s intellectual life, and firmly rebuts a variety of myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition. He concludes with disturbing reflections on the impact of state security organizations in our own time.

The Anatomy of a Moment

Thirty-five Minutes in History and Imagination
Author: Javier Cercas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608195937
Category: History
Page: 416
View: 5990
In February 1981, Spain was still emerging from Franco's shadow, holding a democratic vote for the new prime minister. On the day of the vote in Parliament, while the session was being filmed by TV cameras, a band of right-wing soldiers burst in with automatic weapons, ordering everyone to get down. Only three men defied the order. For thirty-five minutes, as the cameras rolled, they stayed in their seats. Critically adored novelist Javier Cercas originally set out to write a novel about this pivotal moment, but determined it had already gained an air of myth, or, through the annual broadcast of video clips, had at least acquired the fictional taint of reality television. Cercas turned to nonfiction, and his vivid descriptions of the archival footage frame a narrative that traverses the line between history and art, creating a daring new account of this watershed moment in modern Spanish history. The Anatomy of a Moment caused a sensation upon its publication in Spain, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. The story will be new to many American readers, but the book stands resolutely on its own as a compelling literary inquest of national myth, personal memory, political spectacle, and reality itself.

The Spanish of Equatorial Guinea

the dialect of Malabo and its implications for Spanish dialectology
Author: John M. Lipski
Publisher: N.A
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 120
View: 9872


Biogaphy of Power
Author: Enrique Krauze
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062285262
Category: History
Page: 896
View: 7049
The concentration of power in the caudillo (leader) is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Mother Church and the mixing of the Spanish and Indian population into a mestizo culture. Krauze shows how history becomes biography during the century of caudillos from the insurgent priests in 1810 to Porfirio and the Revolution in 1910. The Revolutionary era, ending in 1940, was dominated by the lives of seven presidents -- Madero, Zapata, Villa, Carranza, Obregon, Calles and Cardenas. Since 1940, the dominant power of the presidency has continued through years of boom and bust and crisis. A major question for the modern state, with today's president Zedillo, is whether that power can be decentralized, to end the cycles of history as biographies of power.

Open Veins of Latin America

Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Author: Eduardo Galeano
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0853459916
Category: History
Page: 360
View: 6065
Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca

Nudzahui History, Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries
Author: Kevin Terraciano
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804751049
Category: History
Page: 514
View: 8177
A history of the Mixtec Indians of southern Mexico, this book focuses on several dozen Mixtec communities in the region of Oaxaca during the period from about 1540 to 1750.

The History of English: A Linguistic Introduction

Author: Scott Shay
Publisher: Wardja Press
ISBN: 0985399112
Category: Education
Page: N.A
View: 8453
The History of English: A Linguistic Introduction is for anyone interested in the history of the English language. While leading the reader through the pre-history of English, through Germanic times, Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern English, the book also introduces the reader to concepts in theoretical and historical linguistics. It includes authentic texts from each period of the language, from Beowulf to the King James Bible. This book is a great introduction to the field of linguistics for anyone interested in language!