SPANISH 414 - Background of Modern Spanish
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of: SPANISH 298, ROMLING 298, or LING 210.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This lecture course, taught in Spanish, surveys the historical, social, cultural, and literary background against which the spoken Latin of the Iberian Peninsula evolved into Spanish. The emphasis is on the external rather than the internal history of Spanish.

Topics covered include:

  • the influence on the development of Spanish of such diverse languages as Basque, Gothic, Arabic, French, Italian, and Literary Latin
  • the role of the Reconquest (Reconquista) in shaping the linguistic map of Spain
  • the circumstances leading to the rise of the Castilian dialect as the national standard
  • an overview of the linguistic situation in modern Spain.

Readings will be mainly in Spanish.

This course counts as elective credit toward the Spanish minor.

Course Requirements:

Students will write three exams during the academic term.

SPANISH 414 - Background of Modern Spanish
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001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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