A History of the Spanish Language Through Texts examines the evolution of the Spanish language from the Middle Ages to the present day. Including chapters on Latin American Spanish, US Spanish, Judeo-Spanish, and Creoles, the book looks at the spread of Castilian as well as at linguistically interesting non-standard developments. Pountain explores a wide range of texts from poetry, through newspaper articles and political documents, to a Bunuel film script and a love letter. A History of the Spanish Language Through Texts presents the formal history of the language and its texts in a fresh and original way. The book has user-friendly textbook features such as a series of keypoints and a careful indexing and cross-referencing system. It can be used as a freestanding history of the language independently of the illustrative texts themselves.
Christopher J. Pountain is a University Lecturer in Romance Philology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Queens' College. He has over twenty years' experience of teaching Spanish and Romance linguistics. His publications include Using Spanish (CUP, 1992) and Modern Spanish Grammar (Routledge, 1997).