A History of the Spanish Language

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 21, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 398 pages
This is a thoroughly revised, updated and expanded edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative textbook, first published in 1991. As well as adding insights from recent scholarship throughout the text, Professor Penny has added a new chapter which discusses the nature of linguistic history, the concept of World Spanish, processes of convergence and divergence in Spanish, and the English/Spanish interface. This edition also contains a glossary of technical terms, guidance on further reading, and suggested topics for discussion.
 

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I was given this book for Christmas. The person who made the present knows well about my interest in these
matters. I had discovered it on the Internet, looking for the etymology of the Spanish name Froilán, related to Fruela, which I guessed it was of Germanic origin. You love Christmas for gifts like this one.
You can get an online sample of the book. The range of subjects that it deals with is huge, so rather than commenting it I will just mention a couple of facts that drew my attention:
* A very important fact in the definition of the standard Spanish was that the conquest of Toledo in 1085 was achieved by the Castilian army, rather than the Aragonese or the Leonese. So far I had thought the prevalence of Castilian as main dialect in the constitution of the Spanish language was just due to its central geographical position.
* During the 16th century, there were two standards fighting for primacy. The standard of Seville and the standard of Toledo (later Madrid). Previously the two norms in competition were the one from Toledo against the norm of Castilla la Vieja. Finally the standard of Madrid emerged victorious.
 

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Contents

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VII
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VIII
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XIII
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CXIV
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CXV
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CXVI
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CXVIII
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CXIX
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CLXXXIV
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CLXXXV
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CLXXXVI
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CLXXXVII
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CLXXXVIII
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CLXXXIX
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CXC
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CXCI
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CXCII
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CXCIII
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CXCV
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CXCVI
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CXCVII
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CXCVIII
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CXCIX
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CCI
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CCIII
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CCIV
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CCV
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CCVI
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CCVII
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CCVIII
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CCX
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CCXI
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CCXII
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CCXIV
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CCXVI
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CCXVII
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CCXVIII
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CCXIX
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CCXX
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CCXXI
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CCXXII
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CCXXIII
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About the author (2002)

Ralph Penny is Professor of Romance Philology at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published several books in Spanish and Variation and Change in Spanish (Cambridge, 2000). He has also published in a number of journals including Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Romance Philology, and Modern Language Review.

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