Christina Isabelli, PhD
PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
Resnick, M. C., & Hammond, R., M. (1981). Introducción a la historia de la lengua española, 1a edición. Washington, DC: Georgetown Univ. Press.COURSE DESCRIPTION
This lecture course traces the development of the Spanish language from Latin to the present focusing upon the cultural, literary and historical factors that have contributed to its evolution from Latin to early Romance, and then to the Modern language. It is not a course in historical grammar, so it does not cover internal linguistic changes in detail, although the diachronic evolution of the phonological system is treated and illustrated with medieval literary texts. The course is divided into four main parts:
1. The lexical expansion of Spanish from Vulgar Latin to Classical Latin to modern elements ;
Since this is a 400-level course, you will be expected to invest a great deal of time reading 400-level reading material. This may mean to some of you the continual use of a good bilingual dictionary (I have made suggestions above). Some of the concepts are abstract, as any course at this level. Your oral presentations, assignments, and final paper are to be representative of 400-level work, this means editing and re-editing your work so that errors in elementary grammar errors and problems with content and structure are avoided. Critical reflection is the process of analyzing, reconsidering, and questioning experiences within a broad context of issues and content knowledge.
Within the framework of this course, my goal is to have you experience the process of making meaning out of a purposeful combination of experiences and academic materials. The course aims to add depth and breadth to meaning by challenging simplistic conclusions, comparing varying perspectives, examining causality, and raising more challenging questions.
The final grade will be based on student performance in the following:
1. 4 written assignments - 45%