"Introducción a la historia de la lengua española" is a comprehensive
introduction to the internal and external history of the Spanish language from
its Indo-European ancestry to the present-day language of over 400 million
people. The authors examine the phonological, morphological, syntactic,
semantic, and lexical changes that characterize the evolution of Spanish
from its Latin origins. But Spanish has not evolved in isolation in its spread
across Spain and to Africa, the Americas, Asia, and islands of the Pacific
Ocean. The foreign, sociological, and political influences that contribute to
the uniqueness, diversity, and unity of a world language are essential aspects
of the study of its history.
The focus of this book is modern Spanish. The authors address such
fundamental questions as: Where does Spanish come from? How did it
become the language we know today? How is it related genetically and
culturally to other Romance and non-Romance languages? What are the
effects of bilingualism in areas where Spanish coexists with other languages?
"Introducción a la historia de la lengua española" includes numerous
exercises, a section of study questions at the end of each chapter, and an
extensive bibliography. The second edition is updated and greatly expanded
in scope and depth, yet it carefully maintains the structure and pedagogical
approach of the first edition for use with students who have no prior
background in linguistics. In advanced and graduate-level courses, the
syllabus can incorporate additional assignments and sections, including the
optional "Temas y datos adicionales" that accompany each chapter.