The Writer's Reference Guide to Spanish: The Authoritative Handbook for Writers, Editors, Translators, Students, and Scholars / Edition 1

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Writers and editors of Spanish have long needed an authoritative guide to written language usage, similar to The MLA Style Manual and The Chicago Manual of Style. And here it is! This reference guide provides comprehensive information on how the Spanish language is copyedited for publication.

The book covers these major areas:

  • Language basics: capitalization, word division, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Language conventions: abbreviations, professional and personal titles, names of organizations, and nationalities.
  • Bibliographic format, particularly how Spanish differs from English.
  • Spanish language forms of classical authors' names.
  • Literary and grammatical terminology.
  • Linguistic terminology.
  • Biblical names and allusions.
  • A dictionary of grammatical doubts, including usage, grammatical constructions of particular words and phrases, verbal irregularities, and gender variations.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The authors (currently or formerly affiliated with Arizona State Univ.) intend to provide an English-language guide for writers and editors working in Spanish for publication. Not a grammatical reference, this work addresses issues of style, lexical and grammatical ambiguities, citation formats, and topics like gender, plurals, and capitalization. Regional variations are discussed, and various lists of terms are given, such as professions, abbreviations, and Latin expressions. The bibliography of special-terminology dictionaries is sure to be helpful. Unfortunately, while some superfluous material is included (like several appendixes of common allusions), there are some glaring omissions. The authors state that their purpose is to "cover material that is problematical with reference to Spanish-language citations" and refer readers to the major style manuals for other details. The reader is left to assume that any untreated topic--such as citing direct quotes within the text or the use of footnotes--does not vary from customary English usage. Therefore, a stand-alone style guide for Spanish is still lacking. Recommended for academic libraries.--Anna Youssefi, Univ. of Houston Libs. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292725126
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

David William Foster is Regents’ Professor of Portuguese and Spanish at Arizona State University, where he directs the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Daniel Altamiranda has taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Arizona State University.

Carmen de Urioste is Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents


Spelling and Word Division
Spelling Rules and Variations
Word Divisions
Gender and Number Forms
Word Formation
Affective Suffixes and Spelling Changes
Compound Words
Prefixes and Suffixes
General Rules
Calendar and Time Designations
Religious Names
Titles of Publications
Titles of Persons
Professions and Occupations
Geographical Terms
Names of Organizations
Historical Terms
Citation of Books, Periodicals, and Other Works
Book Chapters
Bibliography Preparation

Appendix 1. Anonymous Spanish Classics
Appendix 2. Latin Authors
Appendix 3. Greek Authors
Appendix 4. Latin Expressions
Appendix 5. Literary and Dramaturgical Terminology
Appendix 6. Linguistic Terminology
Appendix 7. Common Biblical Allusions and References
Appendix 8. Common Classical Allusions and References
Appendix 9. Common Literary Allusions and References
A Dictionary of Spanish Grammatical and Lexical Doubts
Bibliography of Special Terminology
Bibliographical References

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