History of the Spanish Language

In this course we will examine the major linguistic changes from Classical and Spoken (Vulgar) Latin to Old, Classical, and finally Modern Spanish, with a focus on linguistic theories of language change.  Internal changes affecting the phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, and semantics of Spanish will be primary focus of the course, with additional attention paid to changes in the language due to external forces such as language contact as a result of conquests and colonial expansion.

This course is crosslisted with LING 678.

Prerequisites: SPAN 360 or SPAN 377 (SPAN 376 desirable but not required), OR other linguistics background, OR graduate student status,OR permission of the instructor.

Previously Offered:

Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019