A History of the Spanish Language through Texts by Christopher Pountain

By Christopher Pountain

A historical past 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 quite a lot 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 historical past of the language independently of the illustrative texts themselves.

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Castilian now makes no distinction between large rivers and tributaries, using río < Lat. RI¯VU[S] ‘stream’, ‘channel’ to encompass both notions (Latin is rich ¯ MEN and AMNIS). For the ˘ VI˘U[S], FLU in such general words for ‘river’ with FLU notion of a small stream, Castilian has arroyo, which derives from a pre-Roman ˘ NA ¯ LIS] source. 13) (these no doubt as a result of crossed etymology with CANNA > MSp. 14). Presumably all these were man-made and had specific functions, kannarieka (|| MSp.

ILLE. This is a feature of several ‘vulgar’ texts, and is extremely difficult to interpret. Ipsut oliballa . . 3) and illas cupas . . 6) seem to illustrate the use of ipsut and illas in a defining function: ‘the “oliballa” [in the chamber]’, ‘the/those barrels which are stored’. 9) resembles in function a third person object pronoun of Romance (cf. MSp. las envié), though MSp. las has its origin in Lat. ILLAS [ILLE]. Keypoints: the definite article (p. 270); demonstratives (p. 270). 4 The expression tvam [claritat]em appears to be a way of referring deferentially to a second person.

These were more numerous in Latin, where they were marked by -CUMQUE). It was the further extension of -quiera that gave rise to siquiera and OCast. 8). Alternatively, alquieras can be derived from Lat. you may want something else’. Keypoint: adverbs (p. 262). 7) appears not to translate the Latin exactly, but to have the meaning ‘they tarry, are slow, in observing’. 1 Tardarsan illustrates the analytic Romance future and the placing of the reflexive clitic pronoun between the infinitive stem and the inflection.

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