Romance Philology

Romance Philology
Comparative study of evolution of Latin into modern romance languages.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPort 325 or 326.
 ProgramsContaining PORT 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

Lexical Differences and 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.