This revised and expanded edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative text includes new material on the nature of linguistic history, the concept of World Spanish, processes of convergence and divergence in Spanish and the English/Spanish interface. This edition also contains a glossary of technical terms, guidance on further reading and suggested topics for discussion.
"Both recent books by Ralph Penny make significant contributions to our knowledge of the history and development of the Spanish language." Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Bulletin
Ralph Penny is Professor of Romance Philology at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published several books in Spanish and Variation and Change in Spanish (Cambridge, 2000). He has also published in a number of journals including Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Romance Philology, and Modern Language Review.