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A History of the Spanish Lexicon: A Linguistic Perspective

Steven N. Dworkin


This history of the Spanish lexicon is written from the interacting perspectives of linguistic and cultural change and in the light of advances in the study of language contact and lexical change. The book describes the language inherited from spoken Latin in the Iberian Peninsula during six centuries of Roman occupation and examines the degree to which it imported words from the languages — of which only Basque survives — of pre-Roman Spain. It then shows how Germanic words were imported either indirectly through Latin or Old French or directly by contact with the Visigoths. The book describe ... More

Keywords: Spanish, Latin, Arabisms, Roman occupation, Basque, Germanic words, Old French, Visigoths

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199541140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven N. Dworkin, author
Department of Romance Languages, University of Michigan