SJ2A011 Historical grammar of Spanish

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/2/2. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Milada Malá, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Fri 8:00–9:40 L32, Fri 14:00–15:40 L42
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The main aim of the course is to offer a general overview on the evolution of the Spanish language since the beginning of the medieval Castilian till modern Spanish. Once finished the course, the student will be able to identify and interpret the internal characteristics of the evolution of the Spanish language (historical grammar) in their external context, mainly social-historical. In first place, attention will be paid to basic characteristics of Latin in Hispania and external historical factors factors that shaped primitive Castilian Romance will be commented as well. The main content of the course will consist of study of internal patterns of evolution of Spanish on phonetic-phonological, morphosyntactic and lexical-semantic levels. All phenomena that will be studied will be demonstrated on fragments of texts from their specific periods.
Learning outcomes
Students learn basic patterns that have taken place in the internal history of the Spanish language (phonetic, morphosyntactic and lexical-semantic changes).
They will learn the values of graphemes in the history of Spanish and how to read them and understand them.
  • 1. Latin in Hispania. Basic characteristics
  • 2. Early Romance in the Visigote era.
  • 3. Languages in contact in the Muslim era
  • 4. Historical phonetics (vowels).
  • 5. Historical phonetics (consonants).
  • 6. Historical morphosyntax (nouns and adjetives)
  • 7. Historical morphosyntax (determinants)
  • 8. Historical morphosyntax (verbs)
  • 9. Historical morphosyntax (prepositions y conjunctions)
  • 10. Reading and training.
    required literature
  • PENNY, Ralph J. Variación y cambio en español. Edited by Juan Sánchez Méndez. Madrid: Gredos, 2004. 391 s. ISBN 8424927303. info
  • PENNY, Ralph J. Gramática histórica del español. Translated by José Ignacio Pérez Pascual. 1a ed. Barcelona: Ariel, 1993. xiv, 365. ISBN 8434482126. info
    recommended literature
  • ECHENIQUE, María Teresa and María José MARTÍNEZ ALCALDE. Diacronía y gramática histórica de la lengua española. 3. ed., rev. y actualiz. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, 2005. 268 s. ISBN 8484563790. info
  • CANO AGUILAR, Rafael. El español a través de los tiempos. 5. ed. Madrid: Arco/Libros, 2002. 326 s. ISBN 8476350449. info
  • LATHROP, Thomas A. Curso de gramática histórica española. Edited by Juan Gutiérrez Cuadrado. 2.a ed. Barcelona: Ariel, 1989. 387 s. ISBN 8434483750. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, obligatory reading tasks, class discussion, working in groups on old Castilian and Spanish texts.
Attention will be paid to class activities (comentaries and analysis of texts), although previous readings at home for each topic will be necessary too.
Assessment methods
Written test that will consist of five questions on subjects included in syllabus and a short analysis of several word units. The final grade will depend on the level of homeworks.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: V plánu kombinovaného studia je kontaktní výuka 14 hodin za semestr (6 hodin přednášky a semináře, 8 hodin konzultace).
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinovaná forma: 14 hodin/semestr.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2021.
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