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A History of the Spanish Language par [Penny, Ralph]
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'Penny marshals the linguistic facts with considerable skill and manages consistently to tame complex or untidy phenomena without over simplifying them … the publication of the revised edition is a significant event in Spanish linguistics and I imagine that anyone leading a course on the history of Spanish will already have ordered multiple library copies.' Bulletin of Spanish Studies

'… this second edition is another milestone in Castilian historical linguistic scholarship, and will continue to be an indispensable tool for students and tutors in the field.' Forum for Modern Language Studies

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This is a thoroughly revised, updated and expanded 2002 edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative textbook, first published in 1991, which provides a clear and elegant account of the development of Spanish over the last 2,000 years. Although principally oriented towards 'internal' history, 'external' history is also considered and referred to throughout. In this new edition, as well as adding insights from more recent scholarship throughout the text, Professor Penny has added a 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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent history with an improved second edition, though it could still be worked on. 4 décembre 2014
Par Dallas Fawson - Publié sur
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Penny's history of the Spanish language is a useful guide if, and only if, you have an extensive theoretical knowledge of the Spanish language. If I had not taken phonetics and linguistics as an undergraduate, I would have been lost by the time chapter two rolled around. Even so, I have never taken Latin, and would have liked a brief introduction to Latin pronunciation, which would have helped my appreciation of the phonological change immensely.
I am only saying all of this to emphasize that a casual reader interested in the formation of the Spanish language might feel disappointed with this book, as it is an internal (rather than an external) history of the language. That is to say, it is almost exclusively a linguistic history of the language, not a cultural one.
That being said, if you have this previous knowledge, this history manages to be both very detailed and reasonably concise. Even so, due to its highly technical nature, chapters two and three (phonology and morpho-syntax, respectively) may require several readings for full comprehension. This also leads to a major improvement found in the second edition of the text: a glossary on technical terms used throughout. I originally read this in the first edition, which does not have said glossary, and often found myself irritated by the extensive, unexplained linguistic jargon.
Even so, I still have one major complaint about the text, primarily concerned with word definitions in modern Spanish. Throughout the book, Penny shows certain words that have evolved from one language or another into Spanish, as well as a definition of that word. However, it seems he oftentimes only translates the original meaning of the word, rather than giving its definition in modern, spoken Spanish, which seems a bit misleading. For example, the word "chaparro" from the basque language is defined only as "dwarf-oak," though in modern Spanish it is primarily an adjective meaning "short." This is just one of many examples.
Along the same line, oftentimes more than one word with the same meaning will be given, but with no indication as to which word (if any) is still used in modern Spanish, and, if so, where. For example, the word "mint" is given two definitions. One is "menta," the word commonly used today. The other one is "ceca," which is rather obscure and rarely used. However, no indication is given as to the modern usefulness of these words- they are both simply presented as post-medieval Spanish words.
Similarly, the word "testuz" is given as a Mozarabic word meaning "forehead." However, this word is not used anywhere in modern Spanish, to my knowledge. For someone with an extensive knowledge of historical Spanish vocabulary this may not be a problem, but it could certainly be confusing for a student. While Penny does indicate which words were only used in medieval Spanish, he gives no sign of which post-medieval words are still in use today.
Overall, this is an effective history of Spanish, and the second edition is much more user friendly than the first. However, improvements could still be made to make it easier going for readers who don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of phonetics, linguistics, and Latin.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very thorough text on the history of Spanish 21 août 2016
Par Dennis B. - Publié sur
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A well-researched text on the complex history of Spanish -- not an easy read because of the density of the text and the wealth of data, but a valuable resource in the library of any Hispanophile.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A History of the Spanish Language - Ralph Penny 11 février 2008
Par Sylvia Shanahan - Publié sur
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Magnificent book. Absolutely wonderful. Well researched and fascinating for anyone who speaks the Spanish language and is interested in linguistics and its history. Having spent some time in Spain and many years in South America, I developed a strong interest in the Romance languages but Spanish has such a geographic expansion that accents, regions, epochs are as interesting as its origins, its borrowings, its Amerindianisms, Latinisms, Arabisms et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
This book provided me with many answers and fascinating explanations to the so many questions I had regarding sounds and accents and different usage of the same language in different regions of the wide Spanish speaking world. I loved it and I consult it often.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An extremely technical and useful text 4 novembre 2006
Par mrsmel2010 - Publié sur
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I am using this textbook in graduate level History of the Spanish Language/Linguistics class. I really like the book, but it is very technical. It is not an easy read. The language is complex and specific. A extensive knowledge of Latin would be beneficial, but it is not required. The book is full of excellent and accurate information. Penny is a very techinical and intelligent author. He portrays the rich and expansive history of the Spanish language in an eloquent and detailed way. This is not an easy book to pick up, but it teaches so much about the language. It is a worthwhile read. An excellent book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A History of the Spanish Language 13 septembre 2009
Par L. Beeson - Publié sur
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This is a college textbook so it's not easy reading. If you are already familiar with Latin, it will help to show you how Spanish evolved from it. It's filled with very specific grammatical and pronunciation symbols and terms. Because I learned Italian and Portuguese before learning Spanish, it's helping me understand why and how these Romance languages differ. This is a book that will make you wish to do more reading and research. One technical observation: the copy I received has a defective cover so I think it's actually a reject. The word "Language" is omitted on the cover title. But all pages seem intact.
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