L-LIN/07 - 6 CFU - Annual Tuition

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is the mastery of the historical linguistics of the Spanish language aimed at the philological analysis of texts, as well as the identification and description of the different phases of language change and linguistic varieties of contemporary Spanish.

Course Structure

Lectures with the help of information technology and Power-Point presentations.

Seminar activities will be dedicated to the presentation of individual research followed by an open debate among all participants.

The course is entirely taught in Spanish.

Detailed Course Content

The course aims to provide fundamental notions of the origins and formation of the Spanish language and its evolution from the Middle Ages to the present day. We will examine the main processes of phonetic and morphosyntactic change through the reading and the philological analysis of texts, in order to exemplify the studied phenomena and highlight the main lines of development of the Spanish language system. A part of the course will also be dedicated to the analysis of the diatopic, diamesic, diaphasic and diastratic varieties of the Spanish language through the use of authentic materials provided by the teacher.

Textbook Information

Fundamental readings:

- R. Lapesa, Historia de la lengua española, Madrid, Editorial Gredos, (last ed.), chap. X (pp. 231-251); XI (pp. 252-261); XIII (pp. 312-351); XIV (pp. 352-364; pp. 379-387); XV (pp. 388-437); XVI (pp. 439-444); XVII (pp. 471-502).

- I. Fernández Ordóñez, La lengua de Castilla y la formación del español, Madrid, Real Academia Española, 2011, pp. 17-113.

- F. Gimeno Menéndez, Dialectología y sociolingüística españolas, Alicante, Universidad de Alicante, (last ed.), chap. I (pp. 16-65).


Other bibliographic references will be provided during the lectures.


In-depth readings:

Authentic materials and specific texts on the different course topics will be uploaded to the Studium platform.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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