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Washington and Lee University    
  Dec 17, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog
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SPAN 309 - History of the Spanish Language

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: SPAN 275 and an additional three credits at the 200 level. An introduction to the field of historical linguistics and to the genealogy and development of the Spanish language. It begins with an introduction to the field of historical linguistics: essentially, what it means to study the history of a language, the concept of linguistic change, and the types of language families. This is followed by the study of the genealogy and the development of the Spanish language from its Latin origins to present-day Spanish. These include the examination of the structures and peculiarities of Latin, the cultural and historical events that have influenced the shaping of the Spanish language, the properties of medieval Spanish, the most stubborn linguistic myths, and the development of Spanish outside the Iberian Peninsula, especially in Spanish America. Bailey.

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