An Anthology of Old Spanish

An Anthology of Old Spanish

An Anthology of Old Spanish

An Anthology of Old Spanish

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This anthology is intended to introduce the student to the development of the Spanish language from its beginnings to the end of the fifteenth century. It presents carefully chosen texts which illustrate the important stages in the history of Spanish. It will be of primary importance to students interested in linguistic problems, but it may be of equal usefulness to those who wish to become acquainted with the earlier period of Spanish literature.

The Introduction deals succinctly with the external history of Spanish, and contains sufficient bibliographical references to allow the beginner to expand his knowledge. To facilitate first attempts at understanding medieval texts it discusses the elementary phonological and morphological changes which occurred in the formative periods of Spanish.

The selections are based on the best critical editions available to the editor of the anthology; because these selections were faithfully reproduced, it was not possible to adopt homogeneous spellings and accent marks. The only departure from the critical editions is the omission of certain paleographic signs to prevent confusing the student with problems which do not strictly belong to linguistics or literature.

Every text is followed by a note giving available and significant data about authorship and date and place of its composition. For reasons of space it has been thought best to omit complicated (and often unsettled) problems concerning the various manuscripts found for every work. Necessary information will be provided in the numbered notes at the end of each passage. These notes, which are intended primarily to aid the understanding of the text, are kept at a minimum in view of the elementary purpose of this manual. The anthology contains a vocabulary with etymologies and with references to the page and line where each word occurs when necessary for purposes of clarification.

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