A History of the Spanish Language through Texts by Christopher Pountain

By Christopher Pountain

A heritage of the Spanish Language via Texts examines the evolution of the Spanish language from the center a long time to the current day. Pountain explores a variety of texts from poetry, via newspaper articles and political files, to a Bunuel movie script and a love letter. With keypoints and a cautious indexing and cross-referencing method this publication can be utilized as a freestanding background of the language independently of the illustrative texts themselves.

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And the land and the apple orchard which is by the river which flows from Las Caderechas. 1 It is clear that a number of expected Romance phenomena are not entirely represented by the spelling of this document. 17), but is not consistently indicated (terras || MSp. 3 and 12; serra || MSp. 9; nostra || MSp. 2). 18) ← (Lat. 9 below) but a semi-etymological spelling remains in Kadrectas || MSp. 18); even the most elementary combinations of consonant + [j] are represented in the Latin way (uineas || MSp.

ADIU ¯ [SALVATOR]. Honore is written with an initial h which was certainly absent in pronunciation. Spiritu does not have the expected prothetic /e/ (cf. MSp. 2). Sieculos, whilst exhibiting diphthongisation, appears to be an unreduced proparoxytone; the proparoxytone has been reduced in MSp. siglo, though this too has oddities in its phonetic history, since the /k l/ group regularly became 28 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 4 45 46 47111 Early Romance ˘ LU[M] > espejo, OCast.

MULTU[S] yields mucho in Castilian, with an individual palatalisation of the /lt/ group to /tʃ/ which is not shared with neighbouring dialect areas. The form muito therefore suggests a non-Castilian development (cf. Ptg. muito). Keypoints: palatalisation (p. 280); consonant groups (p. 267). 9) ‘sometimes’. The spelling beces < Lat. 18), where /b/ similarly represents the result of Lat. /w/, in this case postconsonantally. Vez generalised its meaning to that of ‘time’, ‘occasion’, and came to be used in a number of analytic time expressions (MSp.

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