Breve historia de la lengua espanola: Spanish edition
Spanish is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and a language of ever-increasing importance in the United States. In what will likely become the introduction to the history of the Spanish language, David Pharies clearly and concisely charts the evolution of Spanish from its Indo-European roots to its present form. An internationally recognized expert on the history and development of this language, Pharies brings to his subject a precise sense of what students of Spanish linguistics need to know.
After introductory chapters on what it means to study the history of a language, the concept of linguistic change, and the nature of language families, Pharies traces the development of Spanish from its Latin roots, all with the minimum amount of technical language possible. In the core sections of the book, readers are treated to an engaging and remarkably succinct presentation of the genealogy and development of the language, including accounts of the structures and peculiarities of Latin, the historical and cultural events that deeply influenced the shaping of the language, the nature of Medieval Spanish, the language myths that have become attached to Spanish, and the development of the language beyond the Iberian Peninsula, especially in the Americas. Focusing on the most important facets of the language’s evolution, this compact work makes the history of Spanish accessible to anyone with a knowledge of Spanish and a readiness to grasp basic linguistic concepts.
Available in both English and Spanish editions, A Brief History of the Spanish Language provides a truly outstanding introduction to the exciting story of one of the world’s great languages.
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By Daniel R Prado - December 24, 2012
Excelente produto. Tudo certo na compra e na entrega. Ótima comunica??o com o vendedor. Recomendo o vendedor a todos !!
By M. Brown - October 27, 2011
I know the title "Too Simple" seems odd for a book called "A Brief History of the Spanish Language," but that's how it felt. Many of the things that Pharies proposes are just tossed out there without much extra explanation. This makes it hard, as a graduate student, to grasp because he doesn't justify his points. Sometimes, the explanations make sense and other times, they just seem contrived. Also, as a non-native speaker, I felt like Pharies was a bit wordy sometimes. I felt like there were simpler ways to explain things that he did.
I realize this review is a bit schizophrenic, but that's how I felt about the book. I much preferred Penny's book A History of the Spanish Language. I felt like the prose was more direct and the examples clearer.
Note: The native Spanish speakers that I consulted with found the opposite to be true. They thought Pharies was concise while Penny was wordy.
By H. Smith - February 18, 2013
I was very impressed with this order. The book shipped quickly and arrived between the 7-14 day window. The service was professional. The book details matched the quality of the book. I am very pleased with the service provided.
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