History of the Portuguese Language

History of the Portuguese Language
Linguistic sources that contributed to formation of Portuguese.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPort 325 or 326.
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining PORT 522
Course Outcomes

Nominal and Verbal Systems

Acquire a basic knowledge of the changes undergone by the nominal and verbal systems of Latin and Portuguese (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 Portuguese language.

Political and Literary Contexts

Situate Latin and Portuguese 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 Portuguese lexicon.


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

Linguistic Standardization

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