A Guide to Old Spanish

ISBN : 9780199687312

Steven N. Dworkin
176 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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This book is a general introduction to the structures of the different medieval Romance vernaculars most commonly known as Old or Medieval Spanish, as preserved in texts from Spain from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. After discussing general methodological questions concerning the description and analysis of an earlier historical stage of a modern language, the individual chapters in the first part of the book describe the orthography, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary of medieval Hispano-Romance. Steven N. Dworkin offers the first systematic description of the language in English, and compares its structures with those found in the modern variety. In the second part of the book, the features of medieval Hispano-Romance are exemplified in an anthology of selected texts, one from each of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, accompanied by linguistic commentary. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students of Romance linguist


1 The nature of Old Spanish
2 Phonetics, phonology, and orthography of medieval Hispano-Romance
3 Inflectional morphology
4 Syntactic features of medieval Hispano-Romance
5 Lexicon
Anthology of texts
1 General estoria, cuarta parte (ca. 1280)
2 El conde Lucanor (1335)
3 Atalaya de las coronicas (1443)

About the author: 

Steven N. Dworkin is Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Michigan, where he has been based since 1979. He received his PhD in Romance Philology from the University of California-Berkeley, taught for four years at Arizona State University, and has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Heidelberg, Tubingen, Seville, Oslo, and Calgary. The primary focus of his research and teaching is Romance historical linguistics, with a particular focus on Spanish. He is the author of A History of the Spanish Lexicon: A Linguistic Perspective (OUP, 2012) and co-editor, with Dieter Wanner, of New Approaches to Old Problems: Issues in Romance Historical Linguistics (Benjamins, 2000).

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