History of the Spanish language (2016/2017)

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Francesca Dalle Pezze
Francesca Dalle Pezze
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II SEMESTRE dal Feb 27, 2017 al Jun 10, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will know the epistemological foundations of the discipline and major milestones in the history of the Spanish language, from its origins to the present day (first part) and they will achieve a deeper knowledge of the phonetic, graphic, and syntactical features of the language along XIII century (second part).


First part
History of the Spanish language

1. History of the language as linguistic change, epistemological foundations of the discipline and tools
2. Pre-Roman Iberian history and romanization of Hispania
3. The Arabic influence in the Iberian peninsula
4. The birth of castilian dialect
5. Castilian dialect in the Middle Ages
6. Castilian dialect in the Golden Age
7. Spanish language in Latin America
8. Spanish language in the modern age

Second part
Castilian in the thirteenth century

1. The kingdom of Castile in the thirteenth century: historical panorama
2. The court of Alfonso X the Wise in the history of Castilian
3. Grapheme-phoneme relationship
4. Verbal morphology
5. Syntax
6. Lexicon
7. The language in the literary and non-literary texts of the thirteenth century


First part
One of the following volumes:
− F. Abad Nebot (2008): Historia general de la lengua española, Valencia, Tirant lo Blanch.
− A. Alatorre (2003): Los 1001 años de la lengua española, Madrid, FCE España.
− R. Lapesa (2005): Historia de la lengua española, Madrid, Gredos.
− D. Pharies (2007): Breve historia de la lengua española, The University of Chicago Press.

Second part
- G. Clavería (2004): Los caracteres de la lengua en el siglo XIII: el léxico, en Historia de la lengua española (coord. por Rafael Cano), Barcelona, Ariel, pp. 472-504.
- J. Elvira (2004): Los caracteres de la lengua en el siglo XIII: gramática de los paradigmas y de la construcción sintáctica del discurso, en Historia de la lengua española (coord. por Rafael Cano), Barcelona, Ariel, pp. 449-472.
- S. Kania (2011): “The Spread of the Velar Insert /g/ in Medieval Spanish Verbs”, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 88, pp. 129-159.
- J. R. Lodares (1993): “Las razones del «castellano derecho»”, Cahiers de linguistique hispanique médiévale, n. 18-19, pp. 313-334.
- A. Paz Afonso (2013): “Combinatoria léxica y caracterización semántica del verbo andar en el siglo XIII”, Revista de Filología Española, XCIII, 1, pp. 133-163.
- P. Sánchez-Prieto Borja (2004): La normalización del castellano escrito en el siglo XIII. Los caracteres de la lengua: grafías y fonemas, en Historia de la lengua española (coord. por Rafael Cano), Barcelona, Ariel, pp. 423-448.
- Additional material will be available on the e-learning platform of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a test on theoretical and practical questions related to the course program, the bibliography and the didactic materials provided in e-learning mode. Both the formulation of the questions and the answers will be made in writing and in Spanish. The test consists of open-ended questions relating to detailed knowledge of the program. For students who attend class regularly, a partial written test is also planned at the end of the first part of the course. In this case, the final grade will be obtained by calculating the mean between the two partial marks.
The results will be communicated through a notice published on the corresponding website ("Avvisi").