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David Pharies is professor of Spanish and linguistics and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida

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The University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary (1948) — Editor, some editions — 1,900 copies, 4 reviews

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Birthdate
1951-11-07
Gender
male
Nationality
USA

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Anyone who speaks a language understands that they have a history. Words, phrases, and pronunciations have changed over time, bringing with them new constructions, new ideas, and new ways of expressing ourselves. David A. Pharies’s Brief History of the Spanish Language sets out to show how all that happened for a single language: Spanish. Starting with a refresher on the concepts of sociolinguistics, phonology, and morphology, he takes the reader through the last two millennia, from Latin to Castilian to Modern Spanish. He stops along the way to take a look a few pieces of the language in more depth, such as the noticeably lisped sounds in Castilian Spanish and the way that modern Spanish is taking on a decidedly more English air.

While the individual pieces of information are interesting to encounter, it’s still a textbook at heart, with questions at the each chapter and everything. Of the books I’ve now read on linguistic history now, this one is better and more interesting than Antonsen’s Elements of German but not as good as Ostler’s Ad Infinitum. A more robust speaker of Spanish will gain a fair deal of insight from this text and may even find ways to shape their fluency, but in the end, it was only ho-hum for me.
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NielsenGW | 1 other review | Jan 12, 2014 |
This book is aimed at a college-level linguistics class; and will make for difficult reading for someone not prepared for that.
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argyriou | 1 other review | Feb 25, 2010 |

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