Romance Philology

Romance Philology
Comparative study of the evolution of Latin into modern Romance languages.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesSPAN 325; or SPAN 326
 TaughtContact Department
 ProgramsContaining SPAN 521
Course Outcomes

Historical Context

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

Phonological Evolution

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

Language Comparison

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

Lexical Differences and Etymology

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

Summarize Research

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


Learn the rudiments of transcribing medieval or Renaissance manuscripts.