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By Christopher Pountain

A heritage of the Spanish Language via Texts examines the evolution of the Spanish language from the center a long time to the current day. Pountain explores quite a lot of texts from poetry, via newspaper articles and political files, to a Bunuel movie script and a love letter. With keypoints and a cautious indexing and cross-referencing procedure this publication can be utilized as a freestanding background of the language independently of the illustrative texts themselves.

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For the ˘ VI˘U[S], FLU in such general words for ‘river’ with FLU notion of a small stream, Castilian has arroyo, which derives from a pre-Roman ˘ NA ¯ LIS] source. 13) (these no doubt as a result of crossed etymology with CANNA > MSp. 14). Presumably all these were man-made and had specific functions, kannarieka (|| MSp. cañariega) being regularly used for a canal feeding a mill’s fishpond. 6) < DE¯FENSA, a Late Latin noun formed from DE¯FENSUM, the supine of DE¯FENDO ‘to repel’, ‘to ward off’; ‘to defend’, here has the meaning of ‘pastureland’, as does its descendant MSp.

We might with advantage identify such notions as ‘early Latin’, ‘late Latin’, ‘educated Latin’, ‘the Latin of Tarraconensis’, and so on, although our knowledge of such variation is very partial. Even within ‘Classical Latin’, often represented as fairly immutable, there is evidence of such variation: classical scholars note a number of usages which are restricted to certain periods of Latin literature, and there are important differences in usage among authors and especially between Latin poetry and prose.

QUIVIS. 3) as having something to do with olivas ˘ LI¯VA) may be indica‘olives’, then the use of a b corresponding to Latin v (√O tive of the fricativisation of Latin intervocalic /w/. The precise phonetic value of b here is uncertain, though the very use of the letter b with its bilabial associations suggests the possibility of [β]. Keypoint: the ‘b/v’ merger (p. 262). 3), which, if the object of quollige, would have been an accusative, suggest a pronunciation of the final syllable with no final /m/.

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