465: Lathrop, Thomas A. The Evolution of Spanish. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 1996. 194 pp. ISBN 0-936388-58-7.
- 400: Language
- 460: Spanish and Portuguese languages
- 465: Grammar and syntax of standard Spanish
One of the more interesting parts of a language is how individual words form over the years. In English, some words were formed from the fusing together of two existing words or from the spontaneous creation of a word that fills a gap in our collective description. Most of the time, however, words just evolve. Starting with one spelling and meaning, they slowly morph into new forms and new contexts. The same process happens in nearly every language in the world. Thomas Lathrop’s Evolution of Spanish is a look into the roots of the language, and from these roots, he hopes new understanding can grow.