History of the Spanish Language

History of the Spanish Language
Linguistic sources that contributed to formation of the Spanish language.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesSPAN 325; or SPAN 326
 TaughtWinter even years, Summer odd years
 ProgramsContaining SPAN 522
Course Outcomes

Nominal and Verbal Systems

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.).

Scholarly Articles

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.

Political and Literary Contexts

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

Phonological Development

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

Lexicon Sources

Identify the sources of the Castilian lexicon.


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

Linguistic Standardization

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