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Breve historia de la lengua española: Spanish edition Paperback – May 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0226666815 ISBN-10: 0226666816

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226666816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226666815
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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En lo que muy probablemente llegará a ser la introducción de referencia a la historia del español, David Pharies traza la evolución del idioma clara y concisamente desde sus raíces indoeuropeas hasta su forma actual. Reconocido internacionalmente como un experto en etimología y morfología histórica del español, Pharies aporta a este estudio un agudo sentido de lo que necesita saber el estudiante de lingüística sobre la historia de la lengua española.
Tras capítulos preliminares sobre lo que significa estudiar la historia de un idioma, el concepto de cambio lingüístico y los tipos de familias lingüísticas, Breve historia de la lengua española se adentra en la evolución del español desde sus orígenes latinos hasta nuestros días, todo con un mínimo de tecnicismos. En los capítulos centrales del libro, los lectores encontrarán una atractiva y sucinta presentación de la genealogía y el desarrollo de la lengua, incluyendo informes sobre las estructuras y peculiaridades del latín, los acontecimientos históricos y culturales que más profundamente han influido la forma del idioma, las propiedades del español medieval, los mitos lingüísticos más arraigados y el desarrollo del idioma fuera de la Península Ibérica, especialmente en América.  Enfocándose en los temas esenciales de su materia, este compacto trabajo facilita el acceso a la historia del español a cualquier lector con conocimiento de la lengua e interés en los conceptos básicos de la lingüística.
 
 
“Este libro no tiene parangón. . . . Breve historia llega como agua de mayo para cursos introductorios a la historia de la lengua española. La edición en inglés atraerá aún a más gente a esta fascinante disciplina.”<Joel Rini, profesor de lingüística y filología española en el Departamento de Español, Italiano y Portugués de la Universidad de Virginia>

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David Pharies es profesor de español y lingüística, y director del Departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas Románicas de la Universidad de Florida. También es director del Universidad de Chicago Diccionario Español-Inglés, Inglés-Español.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on October 27, 2011
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hortensia on February 26, 2014
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Este libro resumen de buena forma la historia del español de una forma "breve" e interesante. La recomiendo para principiantes en lingüística española
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By Agustin Espinosa on January 16, 2014
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Excellent book!!!
This is one of the best books I had even read, very interesting and a very well documented investiagation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R Prado on December 24, 2012
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Excelente produto. Tudo certo na compra e na entrega. Ótima comunicação com o vendedor. Recomendo o vendedor a todos !!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Smith on February 18, 2013
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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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