Spanish is the fourth-most-widely spoken language in the world and a language of ever-increasing importance in the United States. Giving an introduction to the history of the Spanish language, this work charts the evolution of Spanish from its Indo-European roots onwards. It also traces the development of Spanish from its Latin roots.
David A. Pharies is professor of Spanish and linguistics and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Florida. He is also editor-in-chief of the best-selling The University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary, Fifth Edition.